The Culinary class at Boys Republic has been in operation for nearly two decades, and within this time, we have introduced hundreds of students to the world of food service. We accept five to eight students per class, which gives us the ability to teach in a small group setting. The students learn the fundamentals of cooking, including knife skills, fabrication of various proteins, preparation of soups, sauces, pastas, and rice dishes on the same commercial equipment they would encounter in an entry-level job. The Culinary Arts Classroom’s attached bistro provides students with hands-on training in catering and serving meals to groups of students, staff, and community members holding meetings and events there.
Learning how to cook is only a small part of what this class is about. It is extremely important to us that our students learn how to work together as a unit to accomplish their goals. Their confidence is boosted with every successful dish. They begin to comprehend what it means to create something from scratch with a labor of love followed by the gratification they receive by those who enjoy their dishes such as their peers, teachers, and members of the community. Quickly, their eyes open to the realization that they can find work in food services with their newfound knowledge. From an instructor’s point of view, it is an amazing experience to watch our students grow throughout this course.