If you walked into Linda Parris’ culinary arts classes at DeKalb County High School (DCHS), you would see students engaged in lab-based, hands-on training in the art of cooking and hospitality management.
Students in Ms. Parris’ courses display professionalism and commitment not only in their culinary productions but also in industry certifications. Students work together in cooperative and whole groups to push forward and exceed the expectations set for secondary education students. They create new recipes for the high school’s cafeteria menu, cater events in the local area, and bridge the gap between high school and postsecondary education by completing industry certifications.
Establishing this strong culinary arts and hospitality program at DCHS earned the culinary arts program a “2016 Elite 50 Award” from Sullivan University. The Elite 50 list includes high schools and tech centers that excel in the areas of culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and/or hospitality management. Some schools are state and national competition winners from SkillsUSA, ProStart and Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). DCHS, along with four other schools in Tennessee, received the award this year.
Looks like we have a lot to look forward to in the coming years in the culinary arts industry in Tennessee. Mmm, aren’t you hungry?
To learn more about this program and other promising college and career readiness practices from across the state, visit our website here.
Below is a video of culinary students from DeKalb County that is used to attract incoming freshman to the program.