The Culinary School celebrates 27th graduating class

Thirteen students from our Culinary School were honored this morning for successfully completing the  Culinary Arts Skills Training program.

Under the instruction of Chef Instructor Mark Saunders, students have spent the past 12 weeks developing their skills in the culinary arts. From proper knife handling techniques to sautéing and braising, the
students are prepared for entry-level jobs in the culinary arts. A significant portion of their training included preparation of several large catering jobs for the food bank and other outside customers. In addition to culinary skills, the students also spent time developing skills in conflict resolution, anger management, interviewing, resume writing and more.

“This is the first step in what I hope and I’m sure will be a successful career in our industry,” said keynote speaker, William Tillinghast, VP Northeast Region, American Culinary Federation and Director, The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. “There is a level of human dignity that is
found in getting up, going to work and giving your best every day.”

“The empowerment life skills aspect of the program has really helped me grow as a person,” said graduate Lupe Hernandez. “I came to school very shy, but am now outgoing and really looking forward to my job prospects.”

Congratulations to the following graduates: Lionel Cardwell, Wilson Duckett, Tanisha Fullwood, Nyea Goldsberry, Antoine Hastings, Guadalupe Hernandez, Dylan Lathem, Keenan Midgette, Mossess Millner, Jackqueline Mims, Jon Sippel, Toni Williams and Denise Zuber.

The following students received special recognition for their accomplishments:

Perfect Attendance:
Lionel Cardwell
Keenan Midgette

Best Attitude
Wilson Duckett

Bank of America Most Improved-Bronze
Lupe Hernandez

ING Direct Leadership Award *New award-Silver
Lionel Cardwell

JP Morgan Chase Bank Most Dedicated Award-Gold
Keenan Midgette

Desserts by Dana Internship *New award
Lupe Hernandez

Culinary School C.A.R.E.S. Award *New Award
Chef Gaylan Maxson

Congratulations to the following students for landing employment post graduation!

  • Lionel Cardwell-Sodexo Discover Card *new account for Sodexo
  • Wilson Duckett- Sherms Café at the City/County Building
  • Mossess Milner- Sherms Café at the City County Building
  • Jacqueline Mims- Sherms Café at the New Castle County Government Center
  • Denise Zuber- Mary’s Kountry Kithcen
  • Dylan Lathem- Embassy Suites

Following today’s graduation ceremony, students showed off their newly-developed skills and prepared a “Summer Celebration” lunch for all. Guests enjoyed Tuscan garden grilled vegetables, sea island shrimp kabobs, back west beef kabobs, sweet tooth apple pie turnovers, very berry trifle and more.

Check out some pictures from today’s graduation:


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