Mitchell Food Students Tour AB Tech Culinary

On Thursday, September 28th students enrolled in the CTE Foods II Enterprise course at Mitchell High School had the opportunity to tour the Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, and Hospitality Management programs at AB-Tech in Asheville. The students were given a tour by Ms. Lee Fisher that included a walk through of the 39,000 square-foot building and renovated 1870s house.  Ms. Fisher shared information about their Culinary Arts program, the Pastry Arts and Hospitality Management throughout the tour.  The students toured state-of-the-art kitchens, a banquet room, dining rooms, a large demonstration hall and a student-run lodge. During the tour they were able to witness culinary and hospitality students preparing for a hands-on campus lunch and dinner experience that is held on several Thursdays during the semester.  In addition, they enjoyed the opportunity to purchase freshly baked pastries and coffee at the "pop-up coffee shop" at Magnolia offered on Thursday's to faculty, staff and students. 

The students learned of the variety of truly hands-on learning opportunities available to AB Tech culinary students and more importantly learned that students are able to receive a world-class education in culinary arts at a minimal cost.   The AB Tech program has even had a student culinary team who won 2nd in the nation in 2013 and a recent graduate name the "Best Young Chef in the World in 2012.  After touring the Culinary Arts Program students were given a tour of some of the other facilities on campus. This was a fantastic opportunity for students to learn more about an exciting and fast-growing field.  Career and Technical Education at Mitchell High School is dedicated to helping students learn about the variety of college and career opportunities related to their CTE courses and would like to thank the Family and Consumer Sciences instructor Stephanie McClellan for taking these students on the tour. 


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