Oak Grove Culinary Students Experience Culinary Boot Camp


by Jailaih Gowdy

Oak Grove High School seniors Brinkley Davis and Kayla Williamson gained hands-on experience preparing international cuisine this summer at the IP Casino Resort Spa-sponsored Mississippi Culinary Boot Camp at Ocean Springs High School.

Davis and Williamson, along with five other culinary arts students from across Mississippi, spent four days receiving instruction from professional chefs at the event.

The students were taught to prepare food in a variety of ways and discovered different activities in the kitchen they enjoyed. They cooked a wide range of dishes, from Greek sagnaki to Vietnamese pho, and learned new culinary techniques, such as making pasta from scratch.

Both students plan to attend a culinary institute and said the camp taught them how to adjust to new working environments and partners.

“Trying to find everything and working with different people isn't always easy but can be fun,” Williamson said.

Their instructor, Debbie Miller, encourages students and teachers to participate in this culinary experience and said it gives them an advantage of learning more skills that might not be available in a normal setting.

“I felt my students gained an enormous amount of knowledge and were able to work with products the average high school culinary class can't afford,” Miller said.



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