ESBOCES Culinary Students Explore International Foods, Cultures, Exports
Renowned dishes, history, culture. The Culinary Careers students at Islip Academic Center studied all of these and more when they engaged in their recent international cuisine project. Islip Academic Center is an Eastern Suffolk BOCES school that provides services to students with special education needs.
Students selected a country to research and created a project board containing pictures; cultural facts; recipes (desserts and savory dishes); and other information that could encompass exports, history, famous landmarks, etc. Each student chose one recipe to make for the tasting portion of the assignment where it was sampled by classmates and staff who also viewed their project boards. Favorite courses included shrimp ceviche, jerk chicken, and chicken gyro.
Said Culinary Careers Teacher Eric Cerreti, “This was a well-rounded assignment that required my students to do much more than cook international fare. Yes, food is a big part of every culture but I wanted them to learn as much as they could about the countries they chose, such as its history, customs and monuments. Additionally, all of these recipes were new for my students, which made it necessary for them to learn new techniques and use unfamiliar ingredients.”