Culinary Juniors Honor Seniors with Luncheon at the Tech Center

May 03, 2019

They have been cooking, baking, cleaning and running a restaurant for the past two years. But this time the seniors in the Hospitality Academy at the Tech Center at PNW BOCES were the guests, as the juniors in the program served them a lavish luncheon at the Educated Palate student-run restaurant recently.
The seniors and their invited guests—mentor teachers and counselors from their home school districts—enjoyed a mouth-watering three-course meal, and two seniors spoke about what the program has meant to them over the years.
“The teachers pushed us to do our best,” said Hendrick Hudson senior Ke’Ajahnai Ridenhour. “They prepared us for the real world by teaching us to bake, cook and work in all aspects of a restaurant.”
“This has been our second home, and the hands-on experience has been incredible,” said Carmel senior Hailey Hernandez. “I have met such great people here. They are so talented—I can’t wait to see what they do!”
Hospitality students at BOCES learn cooking and baking/pastry arts skills, safety, sanitation, and basic nutrition as well as management topics such as menu planning, purchasing and computer applications. Front-of-the-house hospitality training and culinary business concepts are included in addition to running an on-campus restaurant.
Hendrick Hudson students Morgan Lepore and K’Ajahnai Ridenhour with their Hen Hud teachers/mentors Scott Perlman and James Berkowitz at the Culinary Senior Luncheon.