Friday, November 21, 2008

New Culinary Apprentice Program from Mount Washington Resort and White Mountains Community College

New England's historic Mount Washington Resort is now offering a Culinary Apprenticeship Program, allowing apprentice students to receive associates degrees, compensation and hands-on training. In a partnership with White Mountains Community College, the new culinary-training program at Mount Washington Resort is a full-time, three-year program that prepares students for the many demanding, challenging and rewarding opportunities of the culinary world. Apprentice students can earn an associates degree in Culinary Arts through a combination of course work; lectures; and paid, on-the-job-training in a variety of culinary roles at The Resort.

One of only a handful of culinary apprentice programs in New England, the Mount Washington program requires its candidates to go through several rounds of interviews and apply for apprentice positions as if they were applying for a job. The ideal candidates are dedicated and serious culinary arts enthusiasts, and those selected will work at The Resort for three years. Students will have the opportunity to experience different areas of the kitchen, from the garde manger to pastries, and gain exceptional food-production experience. During that time, they will complete 5,000 total hours of work, in addition to taking classes at White Mountains Community College. Students are paid for their work during the program in order to simultaneously assist with tuition.

"This culinary apprenticeship opportunity gives students the right amount of hands-on training to see what it's like in the real world. At the restaurants within Mount Washington Resort, students can get the quality training they need to give them an edge in the culinary field," says Travis Giles, chef-instructor at White Mountains Community College. Program courses range from liberal arts classes to classical desserts and a la carte cookery. Culinary theory courses include table service, mixology, menu analysis and restaurant design.

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