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Students Reflect on Culinary Journey

 

Two seniors wrote reflections of their IVVC Culinary Arts experiences:

 

 

My Culinary Journey by Jordan P., Sandwich

 

When I started the Culinary Arts program at IVVC I really did not have much of an idea of what I was getting into. I wanted to go into the class because I loved to bake and I knew that I wanted to do it as a career. Little did I know that it would give me something that I needed - confidence.

 

We learn so much in this class from knife skills, to cooking techniques, to front of house skills which includes how to talk to customers and how to serve them properly. This class wasn’t all that I thought it was going to be. It definitely isn’t your normal foods class that you have at your home school. It’s not just for people who want to go into the food industry. It is also for people who just want to learn how to cook for themselves.

 

 This class did another thing for me, it pushed me out of my comfort zone and that is where I gained my confidence. It was not an easy ride, but if I had not taken this class I wouldn’t be who I am today. Now I am confident and willing to try new things.

 

One other thing that this class introduced to me was horticulture. I already had an interest in horticulture because I used to help my grandma with her garden. When I learned that the class had a garden, my interest grew. During the summer, I volunteered to help my teacher take care of it and help with the farmer’s market. At that moment, she told me that horticulture is something else I should consider going into.

 

Next year I am planning on going to Joliet Junior College to continue my education in culinary arts and to pursue baking. I will also take a few classes in horticulture. Once I earn my associates degree, my dream is to own my own bakery with delicious treats.

 

 

 

 

My Culinary Journey by Zeta B., Sandwich

 

The Culinary Arts class helps students grow to become successful people in the culinary arts field and in life. I have always wanted to become a chef. My dream is to be a chef in my own restaurant.

 

My Culinary Arts class has taught me the essential skills to cooking in a kitchen. We learned about front of house skills including greeting and serving customers. Also, we learned back of house skills including preparing and cooking food for the customers.

 

Right now we are working in the garden and getting it ready for the summer. The vegetables we grew, we sold at the IVVC Farmer’s Market. We also use the vegetables and herbs once the school year begins when we cook in the kitchen. This class also encourages students to develop skills other than culinary skills.

 

What I will remember from my class is how it gave me the confidence to be myself and make delicious food. I learned to be a leader when I used to be a follower. I was always a shy person and afraid to speak; now I love speaking in front of a group of people. What I will miss about my class is how they were like family. I will miss leaving them but I will have the culinary experience and the memories to take with me. 

 

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