Taking an Up-Close Look at the Restaurant Industry

Taking an Up-Close Look at the Restaurant Industry photo
Ward Melville High School’s gourmet foods classes took an up-close look at the restaurant industry during a recent visit to the Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center, located on Main Street in downtown Riverhead, New York.
  
The center is home to the Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry, and Hotel and Resort Management Programs. It includes commercial kitchens that serve as both culinary and baking labs, as well as the Sub-Zero Wolf Demonstration Theater, a state-of-the-art demonstration facility with overhead widescreen projection and stadium-style seating. 

While visiting the campus, the students took a tour with Chef Satoko Matthews. In addition, they were able to learn more about the campus while Matthews demonstrated how to make popcorn with a smoky flavor to reinvent the wheel. They visited The Baker’s Workshop, a busy, student-run retail bakeshop serving fresh local coffee, breakfast pastries, light lunches, desserts and house-made gelato. Here, baking students get hands-on training in both the front and back of the house, as the bakery is run entirely by students, under the guidance of their chef-instructors. 

In addition, as part of the visit, Matthews demonstrated how to make popcorn with a smoky flavor.