Podcast Episode 31: Betty Palmer and the art of engaging students through culinary arts
My guest this week is Betty Palmer, the culinary arts instructor at Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center. She has created a vibrant hands-on learning program that gets students rubbing elbows with local chefs in public venues. She believes that heightened stress that goes along with serving food to the public gives her students invaluable skills they can apply to a career in food services or any other career path. Now she has an audacious idea of developing a food truck as a student-based enterprise to take the learning experience to a new level. It’s a bold vision.
The program has great support among the chefs in the valley and is an excellent example of creating meaningful hands-on learning opportunities to make education more relevant and interesting. Along the way, students come away with some terrific job skills.