Morton West receives innovative culinary arts lab

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A brand new culinary arts lab is the newest addition to Berwyn’s Morton West High School, according to a recent story reported by Shaw Media.

With state-of-the-art equipment including multi range gas burners, pizza oven and espresso machine, the high school plans to give students an advantage when applying to jobs in the restaurant industry after graduating.

Morton West alums are expected to benefit from culinary education classes whether they plan on attending college and need fiscal help while pursuing a degree, or if they plan on finding a career path within the service industry right after high school.

“The majority of our students may not have the financial opportunity to go to a four-year university,” said Eric Mastey, director of J. Sterling Morton High School District 201’s Career and Technical Education program.

Various courses will be offered which cover everything from dishwashing to creating a menu and running a simulated restaurant, according to the story reported by Shaw Media.

Mastey continued, “This will not only bolster the amount of students who want to enroll in the course, but what it has already started doing is bringing in culinary institutes and professionals and executive chefs to the labs and working with our students because they see the equipment we have and upgrades that have been made.”

Chicago Bulls chef Steven Jackson attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 4, marking the first celebrity chef endorsement for the new facility.

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