Georgia has over 11,000 students enrolled in secondary culinary arts programs. Through the culinary arts curriculum, students get to explore international cuisine. However, Forsyth County Culinary Arts programs had the opportunity to experience international cuisine.
Arranged by Culinary Arts Instructor Dawn Martin, students from Lambert High School, South Forsyth High School and West Forsyth High School spent 10 days in Italy to develop a deeper understanding of Italian cuisine and culture. Students visited Rome, Florence, Bologna, the Parma Region and Milan.
The future chefs polished their culinary skills with Italian chefs at the Barilla Test Kitchen. In addition, the students experienced parmigiano-reggiano cheese-making, a 100-year-old balsamic vinegar establishment, the Florence Market, a tomato and pasta museum, a pepper farm and a prosciutto facility.
Students were also immersed into the Italian culture through visits to the Vatican City, the Coliseum, the Cathedral of St. Maria del Fiore and a Roman catacomb. Upon return from their trip, students will have the option to use their experience toward their high school capstone project and/or toward credit for an International Skills Diploma Seal. This was the first trip of its nature in Georgia to blend a culinary curriculum into an international experience. For additional information on Georgia Culinary Arts programs, click here.