JUF teamed with Knowledge Quest, a nonprofit founded in 1998 serving the children of South Memphis, to teach cooking skills to program participants. Now, with a permanent presence through the Jay Uiberall Culinary Academy (JUCA), JUF provides a place where high school students not only learn about the culinary arts and the food cycle, but also explore their own unique talents through training and mentoring activities. Most important, JUCA helps build students’ confidence and whets their appetites for wholesome, healthy food.
Students learn basic to advanced skills in culinary arts and hospitality management, to prepare students for a regional culinary competition as well as higher education and business opportunities in culinary arts and hospitality management. Students learn skills from food safety handling practices to operating and managing a culinary business. By the end of the sessions students are ServSafe certified, have a better intellectual and hands on understanding of the food cycle and are better equipped and prepared for higher education and culinary and hospitality management endeavors.
CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS AND GOALS
- Students are to have RESPECT for themselves, each other, the chefs, instructors, and guests. This means paying attention to those who are speaking and teaching and being polite to everyone in the classroom sessions.
- Each student will make an EFFORT to do their very best on every assignment, lesson, and hands-on activity assigned. Completing assignments and demonstrations, participating in classroom discussions, and being present in sessions show that you care about your education. Coming to class prepared each day is a step in the right direction. Students are also encouraged to always be open to tasting unfamiliar dishes or ingredients. Remember, it is all about the EFFORT!
- Be PRESENT and on time. Students who attend class regularly and arrive on time tend to do better work and understand more. Poor attendance causes students to miss lab work, which is hard or impossible to recreate and be up to speed on lessons.
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