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Metro Tech Culinary Arts program reveals new instructional training space

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Metro Tech Culinary Arts students, from left, Stephan Parham, of Southeast High School, and Evan Richmond, of Millwood High School, prepare food in a newly renovated instructional training space. [PHOTO PROVIDED]
Metro Tech Culinary Arts students, from left, Stephan Parham, of Southeast High School, and Evan Richmond, of Millwood High School, prepare food in a newly renovated instructional training space. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

Metro Tech’s Culinary Arts program for high school and adult students recently relocated to a newly renovated instructional training space at Springlake Campus.

The program was formerly housed at the South Bryant Campus. The new space was designed by Renaissance Architects and created to offer aspiring chefs access to industry-standard career training and hands-on learning experiences.

Students in the two-year Culinary Arts program split their week between classroom instruction and live work, as the cafe is open to customers from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Managing a restaurant with paying customers enhances the classroom curriculum and makes the program exciting for students, according to chef Travis Williams, lead culinary arts teacher. Williams, a former executive chef who brings years of restaurant industry experience into the classroom, expressed pride in the excellent learning environment being provided to Metro Tech students.

“For students to be able to train in a state-of-the-art kitchen and then apply those skills working in the cafe is invaluable," Williams said. "They experience the pressure of a lunch rush while rotating through stations and learning the overall process of managing and operating a restaurant from varied positions."

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