GNTC | The Culinary Arts Program

GNTC | The Culinary Arts Program


(Announcer)
The Culinary Arts Program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College offers professional culinary
experience in a beautiful gourmet restaurant setting that exposes students to a wide array
of international influences and advanced cooking methods. The program is taught at the Floyd County
Campus of Georgia Northwestern Technical College at the Woodlee Building, an early 20th century
dwelling that has been renovated and updated to include a first-class teaching kitchen,
commercial-grade equipment, and an elegant serving area. (Chef Greg Paulson Director of Culinary Arts,
GNTC) The students will hit the ground running – they
all will come into the class and they’ll learn about the history of the uniform and the
history of food and cuisine and after that they’ll start right in immediately into the
kitchen theyll start off basically learning knife skills and knife cuts theyll go into
garde manger and do fruit and vegetable carvings they’ll learn hot food cookery as well. We have an extensive bakery program and they’ll
learn hands-on making breads and doughs and pies and cakes all the way up to wedding cakes.
Then we get into the hot food cookery. (Announcer)
Greg Paulson is the Program Director for the Culinary Arts Program at Georgia Northwestern
Technical College. According to Chef Greg, the program starts
students out with the basic skills and then they work their way up to the advanced culinary
techniques needed to become a master chef. (Greg Paulson)
Our program is basically kind of layered, so they start them out very elementary. They’ll
start out in the beginning with knife skills and then they’ll start going into the hot
food cookery or preparation they’ll learn how to make stocks and sauces then they’ll
learn how to make soups and then theyll learn all the different ways to cook food whether
it be braising, sauteeing, poaching, simmering and so on and so fourth and then they’ll elevate
into the further courses where they’ll actually star creating dishes . . well talk about regional
cuisine, international cuisine, dishes, . . And we have elective classes where they’ll learn
baking, they’ll learn how to make salads, salad dressings, and then they’ll start getting
into showpieces. Terrines and pates, they’ll learn ice sculpturing. So by the time they
walk out of here they can get pretty much any kind of culinary position with a full
background knowledge. (Kristina Lee, Manager, WOW Cafeé and Wingery)
It taught us how to cost out, say what a dish would be . . how to do labor cost . . how
to calculate a deposit at the end of the night, just small things that people dont even think
of that goes on a restaurant. (Announcer)
Kristina Lee is the manager for WOW Cafe and Wingery in Rome, Georgia. Kristina says that
her experiences with the Culinary Arts program prepared her for a career in the restaurant
business by providing full background knowledge in all aspects of the food service industry. (Kristina Lee)
Weve been taught how to cost out menus, how to bring in a profit from a restaurant, or
a bakery, or a banquet, how to set a table for an elaborate banquet, all the little knick
knacks people see but don’t think are part of the culinary world . . but they are. (Announcer)
A wide variety of students, of all ages, take part in the program, including experienced
chefs that want to expand their knowledge of the culinary industry. (Gilbert June)
Well Ive been in the culinary field my whole life, but I didnt start learning the science
and techniques and things like that until I got here at GNTC. It’s been about two years
but in that amount of time I have learned more than in my 15 years of experience work
in the culinary field. (Announcer)
The Culinary Arts program is taught in the Woodlee Building at the Floyd County Campus
of Georgia Northwestern Technical College. This exquisite setting provides students with
both a fully equipped modern kitchen and an elegant dining area that gives a comprehensive
experience in the culinary profession. The Horticulture program is located beside
the Woodlee Building and Horticulture students decorate the house, tend to the landscaping,
and supply fresh vegetables and herbs that the chefs use to create gourmet dishes. The teaching kitchen is a recent addition
to the main structure and was designed to match the existing classic architecture. (Greg Paulson)
Being here in this Woodlee facility is wonderful. We’ve replicated the exterior architecture
to simulate the same architecture the house was designed in. So it’s not like the traditional
classroom setting like you see in colleges and high schools. Its more unique and more
personable and its surely a more homey feeling and warmer feeling for the students. (Announcer)
Graduates of the program can go to work not only at restaurants, but also for hotels,
bakeries, country clubs, healthcare facilities, catering services, and resorts. As part of the curriculum, the Culinary Arts
Program hosts private dinners and parties at the Woodlee Building to give the students
practical experience in the culinary industry. (Greg Paulson)
We’ll do like an Italian theme or Spanish theme or German theme, Russian theme and offer
it out to the public. Also during our banquet and front of the house service program the
students will actually create a banquet and well serve the public a private banquet where
they’ll came in and well have the servers actually serve the banquet and in that program
well actually use American service Russian service French service where they’ll actually
prepare items table side for the guest and the students love it. (Gilbert June)
Well that’s a big part of the program is learning not only regional foods here in the United
States, but international food and like I say when your trying to narrow down to something
that you want to do, you start learning about all these international foods and it’s a wealth
of information. You learn everything, not only about the food, about the people and
the history of these areas of all over the world. (Announcer)
To enter the Culinary Arts program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College a student must
be: 16-years-old or older Have a high school diploma or a GED. and Pass an entrance test. (Greg Paulson)
But really the entrance exam for me the entrance that I look at is their passion. They have
to have passion for the culinary arts and I would strongly recommend that they are very
creative individuals and just that they love to cook. (Nicholas Bono)
I love to see a meal come completely from scratch made together into this wonderful
dish and then someone sitting down and enjoying every bite of it. (Announcer)
Employment opportunities in the food service industry are constantly growing. So if you
find the creative, fast-paced environment of the food industry appealing, and if you
have a passion for creating food, then the culinary profession may be just right for
you (Nicholas Bono)
We got top of the line equipment, we learn the traditional skills a chef needs for cutting
and cooking and processing all the food and meats and how to serve . . plates of art! (Announcer)
To find out more about GNTC’s Culinary Arts Program, visit our website or give us a call
for more information.

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