Chef Apprentices Take Tasty Final Exam Before Graduation
Unique final had students plan, prepare, and present a full-course meal to earn their associate degrees and journeyperson’s papers
Bucks County Community College held a tasty final exam May 15 as the ultimate test for students who were graduating from the Chef Apprenticeship program in historic Tyler Hall on the Newtown campus.
Eight third-year apprentices prepared a full-course dinner around a theme for invited guests, including College President Stephanie Shanblatt, members of the Board of Trustees, and students’ family members, in a final demonstration of their training. They were assisted by first- and second-year apprentices who helped serve the meal and clean up afterward.
This year’s theme was “Food Truck Cuisine of Philadelphia.” After successful completion of this graded final assignment and all other academic requirements, the apprentices were awarded the Associate of Arts degree from the college at commencement May 17. Those completing 6,000 documented hours of on-the-job-training earned their Journeyperson Certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor.
This is the 31st year that the program hosted a dinner to share in the culmination of three years of education and preparation by the apprentices to become Journeyperson Cooks and Pastry Cooks. To learn more about the Chef Apprenticeship program at Bucks, contact Professor and Chef Earl Arrowood at 215-968-8241 or Earl.Arrowood@bucks.edu.
Pictured below after their successful final exam are (front row, left-right) Douglas Schneider, Danielle Turner, Anna Mae Nasta, and Michelle Forbes, and (back row, left to right) Charles Phillips, Hazel Kasgur, Sage Batejan, and Alex Nissley.