Hallsville — As one Hallsville High School student adds ingredients into the cornbread she is mixing Thursday morning, another is making oyster sauce. They are working diligently and quietly as their teacher looks on.
It isn’t your mother’s home economics class. It’s part of the school’s culinary arts program, and what appears like work to some is valuable classroom experience and credit to another.
“It’s a very competitive program,” says first year culinary arts teacher Delicia Church. “About 40 students applied, but we can take only 20.”
Before students can apply, they must have completed a nutrition and wellness class.
Schools that participate in the Texas Restaurant Association Foundation’s program ProStart have access to real restaurant experience, said Gerard and Cathy Cace, owners of Johnny Cace’s Seafood and Steak House, and two very active people in the association – he is a past president of the association and she is the former chair of the association’s education committee.