KC Culinary Arts Program Holds Advisory Board Meeting

November 25, 2019

The Advisory Committee for the Kaskaskia College Culinary Arts Program met recently with Chef Robert Rhymes overseeing the meeting. Discussion items included the need for professional culinarians to have full knowledge and understanding of culinary terminology, managerial do’s and don’ts, proper resume and cover letter writing, social media etiquette, the importance of oral communication skills, workplace confidentiality, appropriate workplace language/topics of discussion, and proper knife safety, care and use. Also discussed were new assessment models and methods of evaluation that will be used going forward to document and tract student learning.

The development of impeccable employability skills was also discussed as well as upcoming changes to foodservice in hospitals and adult care facilities that will require trained culinarians to fill kitchen positions. The growing need for trained culinarians to prepare upscale food and employ masterful plating techniques was discussed as it relates to the coming more upscale event venues in the area such as the Castle Ridge facility currently under construction. Job placement and off-site internship site procurement are areas which the team will be working together to improve as to provide an outstanding, competitive educational environment for our students. Additionally, members of the advisory committee were asked to aid in active recruitment of new culinary students. They were provided information highlighting the strengths of the KC culinary program as well as the degree/certificate options available and a detailed description of the program course offerings.

Pictured are Chef Robert Rhymes, Kaskaskia College Culinary Arts; Patti Maurer, Greenville High School, Greenville; Melissa Roach, Castle Ridge, Centralia; Matt Alli, Rollin’ Grill LLC, Centralia.