Culinary Student Spotlight: Tierra Butler

1201_tierra01By Gwen Guerke, Communications Coordinator

One of Milford’s newest eateries, Chick-fil-A, has been very well received by the community; it’s a busy and popular place.

For Tierra Butler, a Milford resident and student in the The Culinary School at the Milford Branch, this new restaurant has also offered a very satisfying and educational internship.

Tierra, a member of the Milford branch’s fourth class, will graduate Dec. 9, and is completing her two-week internship at Chick-fil-A.

Prior to entering The Culinary School, she worked in the kitchen at Allen’s, a poultry processing plant in Harbeson. She was referred to the training school through the state Department of Labor, and has enjoyed the experience.

“I like to cook and try new things,” she said. “I like the classmates, learning new skills and working the catering jobs.”

At The Culinary School, students learn hands-on skills in the Food Bank’s industrial-sized kitchen. They are also taught life skills, such as resume writing, interviewing and financial literacy. The 14-week program includes a 2-week paid internship, which led Tierra to the kitchen at Chick-fil-A.

She said she has worked at least 40-hour weeks, learned how to use all the kitchen equipment and frequently is assigned to the grill.

“I like it here. I’m just staying focused and learning new techniques,” Tierra added.

Shelby McBroom, team leader on Tierra’s shift, praised Tierra’s work ethic and willingness to provide quality service.

“She is extremely helpful. I can always count on her,” Shelby said.

Chris Hobart, the restaurant’s owner, said he’s quite pleased with the new relationship that’s developed between his restaurant and the Food Bank of Delaware.

Introduced through Milford Mayor Bryan Shupe to Chad Robinson, the Food Bank’s Milford Branch Director, Chris visited the school, took a tour and subsequently hosted two interns this fall.

“They are doing well, and I’m look forward to who I will have from the next class. I have indications from both that they want to stay. I have to say they are probably two of the hardest working folks we have,” he said.

In addition, Chris said he hopes his relationship with the Food Bank will continue to flourish. He hopes other employees will decide to sign up for The Culinary School.

“It’s an opportunity to further their education,” he said.

For more information on The Culinary School at The Food Bank of Delaware, visit http://www.fbd.org/the-culinary-school/.

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