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Student-Run Bistro Opens, Operates Successfully

As Chef Steven Machlay calls out orders, Junior Kaitlyn Wynne pulls plates of food out from under the heating lamp. Wynne will deliver these meals to the hungry customers of the Bistro.

Tim Carroll ’13
Co-Editor in Chief

Culinary classes prepare students for future careers in many ways, including opening real businesses in schools. South Lake High School’s culinary program has done just that. The students along with first year culinary teacher Steven Malchay opened the Lakefront Bistro, located in the senior hall of the high school, earlier this year.

“A lot of people are kinesthetic learners, they like hands-on learning, and it’s better for them than visual or audio learning,” said Malchay. “The Bistro is really great for culinary students because they can actually get in there to do the stuff we talk about in class.” Malchay added that skills that students learn in the culinary program are valuable when they apply for jobs.

Many people around the school take advantage of the café, including English Teacher Rebecca Schroll.

“I think it provides excellent hands on training and gives students a real sense of what running a kitchen is all about,” said Schroll, who frequents the bistro. “I love it… enjoying lunch with colleagues and seeing the students in the program in action.” Schroll also noted that she likes the fact that she doesn’t have to pack a lunch for work anymore.
But, teachers aren’t the only ones that benefit from having an in-school bistro, the students who are in the culinary arts class are the people who really get the most out of the program.

“It’s a great way to get kids ready for the real world if they want to go into culinary arts,” said Culinary Arts student and Lakefront Bistro employee Joe Campbell. “(Culinary) is important because it shows us how to be professional. Working in the café will help me later in life when I am applying for jobs”

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