West Ashley HS Culinary Arts Students Prepare Lunch for CTE Department Chairs Meeting

Students in Jason Wheless’ culinary arts program at West Ashley High School prepared and served a tasty lunch to Career and Technology Education Department Chairs from schools throughout the district.


The menu included homemade chicken salad, croissants, pasta salad, fruit, and green salad. Fresh squeezed lemonade and freshly brewed iced tea complimented the meal perfectly, and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and espresso brownies were served for dessert.


Thank you to Chef Wheless and his amazing students for a wonderful lunch!

And, thanks to the amazing CTE department chairs for all their hard work ensuring their school’s equipment requests are properly submitted for the local plan!


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Trident Tech Chef Instructor Visits Military Magnet Academy Culinary Arts Lab

Instructor Chef Scott Stefanelli and one his students from Trident Technical College recently visited Chef Joseph Crompton’s culinary arts classroom at Military Magnet Academy for a live demonstration and lecture.

Chef Stefanelli serves on the culinary arts advisory board for Military Magnet Academy and actively supports many local workforce development organizations, including the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Students from MMA are scheduled to visit the Culinary Arts program at Trident Technical College in mid April.

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Also, Chef Crompton was recently named Teacher of the Month at Military Magnet Academy – Congratulations Chef Crompton!



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West Ashley High School Culinary Arts Serves Up Seasonal Selections in Wildcat Cafe

Today in the Wildcat Cafe at West Ashley High School, students served up colorful king’s cake and zesty jambalaya.

This student run cafe operates once a week under the supervision of culinary art instructor Chef Jason Wheless.

Students not only prepare and serve the food, but also work the counter taking orders and come up with marketing strategies to increase sales.

Their school based enterprise’s profits help to pay for students to compete in ProStart student organization competitions.

Learn more about Chef Wheless’ Culinary Arts program at West Ashley HS here:


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Wando Culinary Arts Welcomes Chef Mackenzie Mantegazza from the Culinary Institute of America for Demonstration

This week at Wando High School, culinary arts instructor Chef Bill Twaler welcomed Chef  Mackenzie Mantegazza from  the Culinary Institute of America for an interactive demonstration in his classroom.

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She prepared a special bacon ice cream in a cheese cone, with candied tomatoes and balsamic glaze.IMG_2375

“Needless to say, my students were captivated”, said Chef Twaler.

Thanks to Ms. Mantegazza for investing her time and talent in the culinary arts class at Wando High School.



4 Military Magnet Academy Students Complete Internship Program at Lowcountry Food Bank

Charleston, SC – May 21, 2015 – Four students from Military Magnet Academy’s culinary arts program led by Chef Joseph Crompton enjoyed a special ceremony this morning in recognition of their spring semester internship completion.

Here is a video from this morning’s special program held at the Lowcountry Food Bank facility:

Huge thanks to Chef Kim Ortego and Erin Fisher at the food bank, and to everyone that made this amazing work-based learning experience possible for these students!

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Wando Culinary Arts Enjoys Success in ProStart Competition

Congratulations to Mr. Bill Twaler and his culinary arts students from Wando High School on their success at the recent ProStart competition held at the N. Charleston Convention Center.  “The students truly enjoyed the experience of competing”, said Mr Twaler.

Picture below are Wando’s 1st place ProStart Management Team, Tanner Crunelle, Anna Ware, Talbot McGee…2 years in a row!!


Pictured below are Chef Twaler, Dominique Evans, Chloe Seay, Byrone Porcher, Brock Shattuck, and Thomas Bell who earned 3rd place in their competition.



Culinary Students Assist with Chefs’ Feast Event Supporting Lowcountry Food Bank

Students from Wando HS and Military Magnet Academy were among the volunteers that helped serve over 1200 guests attending last night’s Chefs’ Feast, and event that supports the Lowcountry Food Bank. At the event, 32 local restaurants were on hand to provide about 600 portions each of some of their signature dishes.

Chef Joseph Crompton, Culinary Arts Instructor at Military Magnet Academy said, “This event is an excellent opportunity to show culinary students what large scale catering and serving is all about.”

Chef Crompton shared a “movie trailer” style event recap video – check it out here.


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New West Ashley HS Greenhouse Installed on Day of Caring 2014

Over a year ago, several West Ashley High School teachers agreed on a goal of expanding an already fruitful partnership: Luke Hamilton’s special education students were cultivating herbs and vegetables in raised beds at the school and Jason Wheless’ culinary arts students were using what they grew in their recipes.

Sandy Pennekamp, the CTE Department Chair at WAHS spearheaded the plan that included 2 grant applications and culminated with a sensation Day of Caring event Friday, Nov. 14 with volunteers from Charleston area First Citizens branches and Cummins.

Students from Nicholas Holmes’ engineering and mechatronics classes also assisted in the successful design and build project. James Daniel, a student in the engineering track at WAHS said, “it was a terrific hands-on learning experience!”

Students from the culinary arts program prepared and served a special lunch for the volunteers after the work was done.

The project received a $5000 grant from the SC Green Fair, and will promote wellness, nutrition, and conservation at West Ashley High School for many years to come.

Check out this video of the finished greenhouse structure being moved into place, and pictures documenting the whole installation process below!