Family members, central office administrators and board of education trustees attended the Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center’s annual Culinary Showcase at the Levittown Memorial Education Center on Jan. 11. The event allowed culinary students to demonstrate their skills while guests enjoyed a delicious meal.
GC Tech Director Frank Creter and culinary teaching assistant Lillian Creedon welcomed everyone to the showcase and discussed what the evening is all about.
“As we strive to teach them the ropes, we should all remember that they are here to learn, have fun and get their feet wet as they explore the many facets of culinary, baking and restaurant services,” said Creedon.
While the seniors prepared meals in the kitchen, junior culinary students circled the room and waited tables. Under the direction of Chef William Samboy, the seniors prepared a salad with homemade dressing, a meal of prime rib, baked potatoes and mixed vegetables, and cheesecake for dessert.
Levittown’s GC Tech culinary arts program is a two-year program in which students are instructed in the fundamentals of cooking, baking and wait staff/hospitality. Culinary menu planning, food science and health and safety procedures are major components of the program and students practice their skills daily in the school’s modern commercial kitchen and bakery. They also have the opportunity to earn college credits, internships and apprenticeships, as well as the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s five-year ServSafe certification.
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Levittown School District