Lukas Doherty & Jack Nurmi - Instructors
Chef Nurmi is a Certified Culinary Essentials Educator. He has taught at KCC/King Tech since 2003 and prior to that he was Executive Chef at Sack’s Café, sous chef at Top of the World- Hilton, a cook and kitchen manager at Snow City Café and Humpies Alehouse, and a lead cook at Simon and Seafort's. He was a BP Teachers of Excellence nominee in 2004, New Career Technology Teacher of the Year in 2005, won a Mayoral Create Award in 2005 and received the Appreciation Award from Zonta International in 2008 and 2010.
Grade level 11-12. May be taken 3 times with a grade of “B” or better to advance. AM and PM sessions offered
Why take this course?
- Use the same equipment found in professional kitchens
- Train with industry experienced chefs
- Develop valuable skills needed for immediate employment
- Train for careers in both front and back of the house
This program is designed to introduce students to the skills necessary for success in a career in the art of preparing fine cuisine. Cooking instruction includes American regional, European and Asian cuisines. Students will be instructed on classical culinary skills including knife skills, station organization, cooking methods and techniques, soups, stocks and sauces, vegetable, starch, meat and fish cookery. Baking instruction includes basic, advanced and classical pastries. Students will become familiar with the use and care of professional culinary equipment as well as understanding and adherence to modern kitchen sanitation and safety standards. Students will prepare and serve lunch daily in the King Tech cafeteria as well as required caterings, and will complete a resume.
Second and third semester students will continue to hone their skills and develop leadership skills. On a team or as individuals, students will work on projects addressing world cuisine, restaurant menu development and culinary careers. Students are required to job shadow and complete a scholarship portfolio.
The Culinary Arts program is a member of SkillsUSA, a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA’s mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.
Credits and Certifications
.5 Physical Science
Municipality of Anchorage Food Handler’s Card
College credit available
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