NOVA Hospitality Management Program Features Cooking Camp
August 17, 2009
What do you get when you take a spoonful of nine eager teens and preteens, a dollop of knowledge and experience from three of NOVA’s culinary professionals and a blend of hands – on kitchen time and just flat – out fun? Well, that would be our Cooking Camp at NOVA’s Annandale Campus that took place from July 6 to July 10.
NOVA’s Hospitality Management Program, in conjunction with the Continuing Education Department, conducted a cooking camp for upcoming culinary talents in the College’s sizeable commercial kitchen. During the week, the students prepared sandwich wraps, homemade cookies, stir fried chicken with pineapple, dim sum, fajitas, smoothies, flan, sliders, fresh pasta and personal pizzas with a variety of toppings. Thursday’s class featured a trip to the Farmer’s Market in Annandale, Virginia. There the students were able to meet and speak with some local farmers and vendors, and to get an idea of the variety of the area’s seasonal produce and other delectables.
Besides learning basic cooking skills, the students also learned about safe food handling and sanitation, kitchen safety and kitchen etiquette. Everyone involved was sad to see the week come to a close, but appreciative for the fun they had and the friendships that were formed.
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 60,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.