Local students in culinary programs learn from the pros

Students in culinary arts programs in St. Lucie County high schools had an exciting experience recently. Renowned Johnson and Wales University in Miami presented a Culinary Skills Day for junior and senior students from four local high schools, hosted by St. Lucie West Centennial High School. Students from St. Lucie West Centennial, Fort Pierce Westwood, Port St Lucie and Fort Pierce Central high schools culinary programs participated. Each student worked with four professional chefs, each conducting a workshop highlighting their area of expertise, and over 100 teenagers had the opportunity for hands-on culinary activities with the professional chefs. The hands-on sessions were the Visual Culinarian, the Cutting Edge, Slow Foods and Desserts: The Last Impression. There was an educational session for the culinary arts teachers who attended as well. Please contact Mary Wintercorn, Johnson and Wales University mary.wintercorn@jwu.edu 561-714-5470 or Dana Caputo, St. Lucie Schools, dana.caputo@stlucieschools.org for more information. Pictured is Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Sunny Trattles, left, pictured with Chef Brian from Johnson and Wales University.