Students from the Culinary Arts Program at the Huot Technical Center are excited about their accomplishments and learning and wanted to show the community how they have mastered the concepts. With proficiency, pride, and community spirit, the students participated in two meaningful community events.
First, the students baked cookies for the “Hands Across the Table” (HATT) dessert auction. Students teamed together, producing over 12 dozen assorted cookies to donate to the charity. The lesson was not only in the skills of baking, but the importance of good citizenship and developing community goodwill through their positive contribution. The cookie project helped HATT continue with their mission to offer free hot meals every Wednesday night from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Parish Hall of St. Andre Bessette. This is truly an invaluable lesson at this giving time of year.
The second notable event hosted by the students was the Huot Culinary Arts First Annual Parents Dinner. Junior and senior students studying Culinary Arts showcased their skills and created a four-course meal. Over 50% of invited parents participated in the event, coming from Belmont, Center Harbor, Franklin, Gilford, Laconia, Meredith and Winnisquam. The dinner was creatively crafted and comprised of appetizers, salad, various entrees and many delicious desserts all prepared and served by the students. Parents were proud and delighted to see their children in action, sample their creations, and communicate with teachers in a comfortable, relaxed environment. Parents were very impressed and enthusiastic about the positive environment of the program. One parent expressed appreciation by stating that her son enjoys this program – he does not want to miss a day.
The Culinary Arts program is a hands-on operation that provides the students with fundamental skills needed for employment in the food service industry and higher education. 100% of the students earn the Food Handlers Servsafe Certification and acquire a high standard of learning with both occupational training and academic excellence, which makes them prepared for their future college and career goals. Immersed in the culinary world at the Huot, students master the use of food preparation, equipment and tools, menu planning principles, effective communication, math calculations, safety and sanitation, workflow between dining room and kitchen operations, recipe conversions, team work, time management, commitment and more.
Career Pathways for students after graduating from the Huot include: Cook, Executive Chef, Baker, Pastry Chef, Food Service Manager, Dietician, Restaurant Manager, Food and Beverage Manager, General Manager. For more information on the Culinary Arts program please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org