CCUSD enrichment: Cooking for an independent life

CAVE CREEK – Unified Culinary Arts, for grade 11 through age 22 (prerequisites needed), was introduced this summer at Education and Community Services (ECS), a department of the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD), and was an instant success.

“It has been a goal of ECS Enrichment to offer classes for students and adults with special needs. Bobbie Burt was the perfect instructor to pull together a class with fun, yummy and practical activities for this group of students,” said Elaine Vallario, ECS Enrichment Coordinator.

Pictured: Students in their chef coats after participating in the ECS/CCUSD's Unified Culinary Arts class that was designed for students with challenges. Photos courtesy of ECS
Pictured: Students in their chef coats after participating in the ECS/CCUSD’s Unified Culinary Arts class that was designed for students with challenges.
Photos courtesy of ECS

This cooking class was designed for students who have some challenges. Students were instructed on the secrets of correct weighing, how to use small utensils and appliances and follow recipes. They also learned sanitary food handling and personal hygiene for the kitchen.

“They enjoyed it greatly and we are encouraged to offer more during the upcoming school year,” Vallario said.

Students enjoyed preparing and eating a variety of dishes from salads, soups to desserts, using their newly acquired skills. Techniques varied according to skill levels appropriate of the groups.

General Education high school students who had taken Culinary courses throughout the school year were volunteer assistance in this class.

At the next cooking class, Unified Thanksgiving Cooking Fun, held on four consecutive Saturdays starting October 27 and ending on November 17 from 9 a.m. to noon, students ages 13 or older will learn how to make festive recipes that celebrate the Thanksgiving season.

Prerequisites for this class include the ability to work independently. For the safety of the student, this class may not be appropriate for students that require one on one support. ECS reserves the right to admit or deny a student’s enrollment based on a teacher/counselor’s recommendation.

For information on future Unified Culinary Arts classes, visit ECS at www.ecsforall.org or call
480-575-2440.