Culinary Field Trips

Students learn from professional chefs at job fair.
Students pose with Alex Rodriguez.

Over the past few months, Culinary students have had the privilege of going on several industry and career related field trips, but there are two trips in particular that stand out. 

Culinary students at Multicultural Luncheon.On January 18th Chef Costanzo and Student Support Specialist Eric Scott took several students to the Multicultural Luncheon Awards Ceremony, an event that has kicked off the North American International Auto Show for the past seven years.  The purpose of the awards ceremony is to celebrate diversity by honoring individuals from a variety of backgrounds who have made a design, engineering, or marketing contribution to the auto show.  SE students helped the sponsoring host Cheryl Ajamu, with the event, and in return they were treated with an elegant lunch.  The team even got to meet the guest speaker, former baseball star Alex Rodriguez, who spoke of his background.  His speech included noteworthy stories about being raised in a single parent family, overcoming racial barriers, and the importance of hiring a diverse staff for his real estate business. 

Another notable trip was attending a job fair at Cleary University in Detroit, a hiring event held in conjunction with the launching of the school's new culinary program.  Companies like Outback, National Coney Island, Cedarbrook Senior Living, and Olive Garden were there looking to hire.  So far six of our students have landed new jobs with some of these organizations! 

Aside from the great field trips, another highlight for the Culinary program was the recent selection of Chef Costanzo to be the Oakland Schools Employee of Focus.  Being one of hundreds of Oakland Schools employees, he was honored to be featured in the monthly publication.  To read more about Chef Costanzo and his instructional philosophy, click on the link below!