Meridian Schools’ culinary program earns national recognition

Meridian School District’s culinary program has received accreditation from a world-renown culinary association.

Accreditation comes through the Secondary Committee of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission for five years.

It is Idaho’s first nationally certified secondary culinary program through the federation and Idaho is the third of 13 western states where a secondary accreditation has been awarded, school officials say

The American Culinary Federation is considered the gold standard among chefs around the world and is a sign to them that Meridian culinary students have gone through a rigorous preparation, said Vern Hickman, the program’s chef instructor.

Meridian’s program has 179 students.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in everything from 15 classic knife cuts to pastry preparations and safe handling of food. Students graduating from the program this spring will get a certificate that they have met the standards.

Meridian’s three-year culinary program begins in students’ home high schools. In their senior year, qualifying students go to the ADA Professional-Technical Center located at Meridian District office at 1303 E. Central Drive in Meridian where they prepare meals that are served at lunch time, usually a couple of days a week.

If you want to see how well they are doing, the program will serve lunch next Thursday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

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