What’s cookin’ good lookin’?
In the busy student kitchen of Room 804, Northwood’s Culinary Arts chefs are cooking up a storm. In their pristine white aprons, they serve delicious meals for the Northwood community.
In class, students learn techniques and practical applications of food preparation as well as restaurant-worthy presentation and taste.
The program also organizes school bake sales, providing Northwood students with just a taste of their hardwork and effort. Additionally, they prepare confectionaries for school wide events, such as sugar cookies for the annual Timberwolf 5K.
Their most recent assignments entailed serving breakfast to the Western Accreditation of Schools and Colleges (WASC) officials and to the Northwood Theatre Arts program in the weeks leading up to the musical. Their contributions were greatly appreciated, according to junior Khai Hoang.
“The Culinary Arts program made amazing food for the entire company, and we really appreciated all the time and effort they put into our meals,” Hoang said. “Everyone was very organized and professional.”
The Culinary Arts program was made possible by Northwood’s head chef, Kristen Motooka. As a Northwood alumni, she returned to introduce students to the art of cooking.
“One of my favorite parts of culinary is also one of the biggest challenges in that there are so many different types of students and they have to figure out how to work together,” Motooka said. “It’s cool that we have such diversity in the class.”
Within the past few years, the culinary program has expanded to three different classes—Foods, Beginning Culinary and Advanced Culinary. In the future, Motooka hopes to emphasize skills outside of the classroom, especially in the professional realm.
“I want to see more industry involvement; I want students to go beyond the basic techniques, to innovate,” Motooka said. “Involving professionals raises the stakes and the students feel even more invested.”