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Oct 12
Culinary Arts Kitchen Offers New Opportunities
The D155 Board of Education hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Culinary Arts kitchen at Crystal Lake South High School on October 11, 2017. The state-of-the-art facility is a commercial kitchen featuring six food preparation stations, a classroom that also serves as a dining room, a dry storage room, a walk-in cooler, and a wash and storage area.

When I first walked into the kitchen and the classroom, I thought that I had just walked into a restaurant or professional kitchen because of all the new stainless steel appliances. The class has exceeded my expectations,” said Emma Clesceri, Crystal Lake South junior.


Culinary students prepared several dishes for the special event including banana bread, a variety of cookies, chocolate covered strawberries, fruit tarts, and baked and decorated a custom cake.


“The reason I decided to take this class was because I have always loved cooking it is a passion for me. My goal after high school is to pursue a career in culinary arts and hoping to get my bachelors degree it is my dream to one day to have my own restaurant and not cooking for the money but to cook to make other people happy and to do what I love and that is cooking,” said Eduardo Hernandez, said Crystal Lake Central senior.


Food Warming Equipment, Inc., a local Crystal Lake business, donated two food warmers to the program. McHenry County College awarded grant money for new and innovate dual credit programs and donated $4,300 towards textbooks as well as ServSafe textbooks so students can earn Managers Certification. Sam’s Club contributed a monetary donation for the first lab.


For the 2017-18 school year, 193 D155 students are enrolled in Culinary Arts I & Culinary Arts II. In Culinary Arts I Commercial students study the principles of nutrition and food preparation including food service and meal management. Students will earn the Food Handler’s Certification upon completion of this course and passing of the state exam. The Culinary Arts II Commercial course is designed to expand the student’s skills by preparing and presenting a variety of food products. Students can also elect to take the Managers Certification exam.


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