Mitchell’s Culinary Arts hosts first tasting event

Mitchell Community College’s new Culinary Arts students held the program’s first tasting event for select administration, faculty and staff. First semester students enrolled in the Culinary Skills I course showed off their knife skills and knowledge of master sauces by preparing eggs Benedict with a potato hash as well as seafood macaroni and cheese.


Under the guidance of Chef Robert Williams, instructor, the Culinary Skills I students are learning the fundamental concepts, skills and techniques in basic cookery, and moist, dry and combination heat. Emphasis is placed on recipe conversion, measurements, terminology, classical knife cuts, safe food/equipment handling, flavorings/seasonings, stocks/sauces/soups, and related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to exhibit the basic cooking skills used in the foodservice industry.


Culinary Arts provides specific training required to prepare students for positions as culinary professionals in a variety of foodservice settings including full service restaurants, hotels, resorts, clubs, catering operations, contract foodservice and health care facilities. Coursework includes sanitation/safety, baking, garde manger, culinary fundamentals/production skills, nutrition, customer service, purchasing/cost control and human resource management. Graduates should qualify for entry-level opportunities including prep cook, line cook, and station chef. American Culinary Federation certification may be available to graduates. With experience, graduates may advance to positions including sous chef, pastry chef, executive chef or foodservice manager.


The projected growth in Iredell County of bakers, chefs and head cooks, first line service managers and food service managers from 2012-2022 by 25.5%. This is over the National average of 18.9%. In 2015, there were 938 jobs in the fields of bakers, chefs and head cooks, first line service managers and food service managers. These jobs carry an average wage of $15.74 an hour, over the national average of $15.17. Of the top 25 employers in Iredell County, two of the top five and eight total use Culinary Arts skilled positions. For more information about Culinary Arts program at Mitchell, please contact Mark Smalley, program dean, at (704) 878-4258 or