Teacher Spotlight- Chef McGrathProgram Spotlight- Sept 2018

What is your favorite part of teaching your program?

“I love cooking and baking and enjoy teaching people how to cook.”

 

What is the most difficult part of teaching your program?

“Teaching a new subject to the kids can be difficult for me.”

 

What would you say is the most fun part of your program for you?

“I love baking bread in one of our many ovens!”

 

What is some recent technology you are learning to use in your program that is specific to your profession?

“We do a lot more photography, to build our portfolios, myself and students both.”

 

What is the highlight of the year?

“Running the restaurant on Fridays.”

 

What are you the most proud of adding to your skills over the years to date?

“Making puff pastry, it isn’t the easiest.”

 

Can you explain a typical day in your program?

“Come in and turn on all the equipment, set up a station, start cooking food, cooking staff meals, catering orders, meals for the restaurant, clean up stations.”

 

What advice would you give to a beginning level 1 student who is just starting the program or to a student who is considering enrolling in your program?

“Be ready, be prepared. We are on our feet and busy all day. You need to have a good work eithic.”

 

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Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.

“You learn the in and out of culinary arts, from cleaning to cooking.”

“I learn to safely make food and how to be sanitary when in the kitchen.”

“We have learned how to make a variety of dishes, and how to use different kitchen equipment.”

 

What is the hardest part of your program?

“Closing Time”- “Finding people to clean up at the end of the rush.”

“Remembering all of the dimensions for knife cuts.”

“Trying to remember all the information.”

 

What is the most fun part of your program?

“Creative Freedoms, such as decorating cakes and designing menus.”

“The most fun part for me is making good food with good people.”

“Chef is awesome and the field trip to Hershey!”

 

What is some recent technology you are learning to use in your program that is specific to your profession?

“Proofing Cabin”-dough proofer is a warming chamber used in baking that encourages fermentation of dough by yeast through warm temperatures and controlled humidity. It is also called a proofing box, proofing oven or proofing cabinet.

“I learned how to use the meat grinder attachment for the mixer.”

“Digital portfolios.”

What is your plan for after high school?

“I plan to go to college and hopefully open my own restaurant one day.”

“My plan after high school is to go to college and then open my own restaurant in New York.”

 

 

What is going to be the highlight of the year in your program?

“Taking the NOCTI and graduating.”

“Making pastry and desserts.”

“Just being here with my friends.”

 

 

What are you proud of learning how to do in your program?

“Cake decorating and making bread.”

“I’m proud of everything I learn to do here, it is a lot!”

 

Explain a typical day in your program.

“Come in, do a chore, get dressed in full uniform, wash hands, meet in center bay area, get to work, clean the kitchen and leave.”

“It varies, some days the focus is more on cooking if we have an event, or a particular lesson, and other days we focus on cleaning and sanitizing.”

 

How is your program at CPAVTS different from other classes you have had in the past?

“I’ve taken foreign food class at school, where we got to cook certain specialty dishes…at tech everything is hands on from start to finish and a wide variety.”

“We don’t sit in classes all day, every part of what we learn involves instruction and hands-on work simultaneously.”spotlight- sept 2018 b

 

What advice would you give to a beginning Level 1 student who is just starting the program or to a student who is considering enrolling in the program?

“PAY ATTENTION! Chef knows what he is talking about, and so do the older students. You are going to learn a lot all at once, so keep track and take good notes.”

“Listen, pay attention and don’t have an attitude. Just be happy and learn.”

“It’s a great shop to be in, but you need to take notes, ask questions and be on your best behavior.”