By Karl Schneider

Staff Writer

 

A new culinary degree program is offered on LCCC’s ever-growing list of academic courses, featuring an Associate of Business in Culinary Arts.

Along with the new degree program, LCCC has built and opened a new facility to house the culinary classes. The new Culinary Arts Building contains four kitchens, a bakery and a television studio for online classes. The building provides students with state of the art cookware and practical lessons they will need in the pursuit of their Michelin stars.

“The college has made a very large commitment to everything food on campus,” said Executive Chef Eric Petrus of Dining Services.

Petrus has worked within the food service industry for 15 years. He studied culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America for the “foundation of [his] career”. Petrus has worked at local establishments such as Pier W in Lakewood and served as Executive Chef at the National City Center in downtown Cleveland.

The offered degree is an associate of applied business in culinary. Classes range from Basic Human Nutrition to Food Safety and New World Cuisine. The program offers students ample opportunities to hone their cooking craft.

There are nine adjunct instructors who are specialized in their fields teaching the program. The instructors oversee the education of 65 students with an additional 40 students ready to start in March.

LCCC’s Marketplace food service areas serve as a practical way for students to hone their kitchen skills. “Dining Services currently employs a handful of students and we are looking forward to adding as many as possible,” said Petrus, “Having a self-operated Dining Services program allows students work related experiences almost on demand and right next door.”

The Culinary Arts degree will offer enrolled students a great foundation to build their careers upon. The food industry has received much attention with celebrity chefs peppering the television stations with reality shows and specials. LCCC has finally stepped up into the foodie arena and brings its own creativity to the forefront.