Cookin’ Cats create classic cuisines

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By Mya Pearson

“This class is a lot of fun. It pushes you to challenge yourself in the kitchen.” senior Bennie Holmes talking about facing his kitchen troubles.

BSHS upperclassmen have the opportunity to take culinary arts courses. These classes teach different types of cooking techniques for kids looking into going into the chef path. Generally juniors start at level one and progress as seniors level two as long as they have maintained a C or better in the previous class.

“Level one starts with kitchen safety sanitation were (students) can get their food handlers permits. We then move into kitchen equipment and professionalism, and we then start with knife skills stocks sauces and soups. We then end on a unit by serving guests were the students plan a meal and serve each other,” teacher Brooke Enright said.

Level two then increases into more challenging techniques and skills. These include making food purchases and taking inventory, high level cooking techniques such as meat, poultry and seafood,  and end it out with marketing and deserts/baked goods and local cuisine. Students taking these classes must allow two slots in their schedule.

“The classes fill a full credit of practical art. Level one is taught in the fall for sixth and seventh hour and level two is taught in the spring during the same class periods for one full practical art. It also has an opportunity for dual credit through Missouri State, “ Enright said.

There is also a culinary competition team. Its four members and one alternate are selected by Enright. They practice one night after school with a local chef and travel to Springfield every year in February. The team gets 60 minutes and two gas burners to make two appetizers, two entrees and two deserts.

“This class is a lot of fun and teaches me how to work on my kitchen techniques. I developed into the culinary competition team and I love it. It pushes you to challenge yourself in the kitchen,” senior Bennie Holmes said.

This class will benefit anyone interested in the culinary field. Enright hopes to see the demand for her courses grow and can’t wait to get cooking with some Cats.