Culinary Students Take 2nd & 3rd at State Competition

April 20, 2013 - Beachwood culinary arts students Summer Kolt and Ryan dela Vega placed second and third, respectively, in the state at the Ohio Family Career and Community Leaders of America finals for pastry arts cakes. The competition was held April 17-19, 2013, at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Kolt won a $4,000 renewable college scholarship, while dela Vega won a $2,000 renewable scholarship.
 The students are taught by culinary arts instructors Danette McHale and Kortez Wilson in Beachwood's Culinary Arts program, which is part of the Mayfield Excel TECC program that provides college preparatory, tech prep, school-to-work, and other educational learning opportunities.

The Culinary Arts program offers training in food-related occupations to students showing interest and aptitude for the food service industry. The first year consists of a supervised in-school public restaurant experience and related Pro-Start instruction that is endorsed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The curriculum includes large quantity food preparation, proper use/care of equipment, compliance with sanitary codes, cross training and catering/dining service. Culinary Arts I also focuses on ServSafe Training Certification and the Pro-Start Year 1 curriculum. Successful completion of this training curriculum may be applied toward college requirements and is an industry standard.

The Culinary Arts II program teaches the Pro-Start Year 2 curriculum including restaurant business management and marketing techniques. Topics such as: employability skills, menu planning/design, cost extension/mark-up, restaurant design and equipment analysis are addressed. The workstudy component allows the students to work in the industry for their lab time, receiving credit and earnings.
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