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Culinary Arts Students Put A Plan Into Practice At Taste of North Country September 30

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Instructor shows 3 Culinary Arts students how to calibrate a thermometer

Matt Young shows Culinary Arts students how to calibrate a thermometer

Crisp Fall weather will make the 26th Annual Taste of the North Country a great outdoor event to attend this Sunday, September 30, from 11am to 3pm in Downtown Glens Falls. Culinary Arts students from the Southern Adirondack Education Career (SAEC) and Technical Education program have volunteered at the event for more than 20 years.

“I volunteered for it when I was a student,” says Chef Matt Young who is a CTE instructor.

Young’s students have been learning about food safety protocols since school started. His second-year students have the material down and will be volunteering on Sunday at the Taste of the North Country as part of the Kiawanis Key Club Safety and Sanitation Team. They will be going around to the participating restaurants’ tents every hour to check the quality and temperatures of the food. Cold food must be below 45°F and the hot food must be above 135°F. If either is not at the right temperature the students will help the restaurant to either cool or reheat the food so it is safe to serve. This is all part of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan.

“We used to prepare food to serve at the event, but a few years ago restaurants asked for our help with HACCP,” says Young. That was when the Board of Health, former Culinary Instructor Charlie Jones, and the Kiawanis club came up with the plan.

“The Taste of the North Country is a great opportunity for students to meet industry employers and visualize how HACCP plans are implemented,” added Young.

“We used to prepare food to serve at the event, but a few years ago restaurants asked for our help with HACCP,” says Young. That was when the Board of Health, former Culinary Instructor Charlie Jones, and the Kiawanis club came up with the plan.

Culinary Arts students check food temperature

Students checking food temperatures

“The Taste of the North Country is a great opportunity for students to meet industry employers and visualize how HACCP plans are implemented,” added Young.

First year Culinary Arts students will be helping the area restaurants serve their food. They’ll also use the opportunity to market themselves in hopes to gain their internship or employment. 

The Cosmetology program at SAEC will run a SkillsUSA tent where they will do face painting and hair braiding. They will tell the community about what SkillsUSA, a student organization is and what it means for CTE students.

Volunteers from the Criminal Justice Studies program will be working as border security to ensure guests do not enter the event without purchasing a ticket. They will also assist guests at traffic crossings. 

Click Taste of the North Country for more information.