Chef Kimberly Ortego, Culinary Arts Instructor at Military Magnet Academy arranged for 21 culinary arts students to visit the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College’s Rivers Avenue campus on Friday, February 2, 2018.
Participating MMA students got to tour of the culinary labs and classrooms, and were treated to a cooking demonstration on proper knife skills by Chef Ward Morgan. In addition, students had the opportunity to experience Relish Restaurant, the TTC dining room lab and enjoy beef bourguignon, caesar salad, and various desserts prepared by TTC Culinary Students and hosted by Chef Donald Barickman.
Chef Oretgo said, “The Trident Tech team is amazing, and the students were wowed by the whole experience, but the highlight of the visit was a presentation of $250 scholarships to 4 of our students that volunteered with a CIC fundraising event that took place on Friday January 26th!”
Latavia Colimon, Ja’Nyshia Lewis Johnson, Heather Washington, and Isaiah Ford volunteered, working in the kitchen, plating food for the patrons of the “Night in the Valley” fundraiser that raised almost $500,000 in one night for Trident Tech students and programs.
“Our students felt very appreciated for their efforts to support the recent fundraising event” said Chef Ortego.
The students were also invited to shadow college classes during their upcoming Spring Break and work right alongside other CIC students in the culinary labs!
“Thank you to that made this opportunity for our students possible! It was truly a great opportunity for them!” Chef Ortego added.