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Army Culinary Team visits UniTec

Two instructors with the U.S. Army Joint Culinary Center of Excellence in Fort Lee, Virginia visited culinary students at UniTec Career Center in Bonne Terre Tuesday morning to give a demonstration on cooking and discuss options with the military.

UniTec Chef Instructor Shannon Pyatt said they had a two-man team of culinarians out Tuesday. They flew in from Virginia and they spoke to the students about culinary opportunities in the military.

“They also got into the kitchen and did a demo for them,” Pyatt said. “They did a dish to show them the kind of things you can do in the military and what they offer culinary-wise. They were also able to inform the kids about their options for the culinary industry.”

Pyatt said she was approached about the idea by a recruiter when he came to UniTec last week. 

“This is a new program. They are flying them out to different areas and these two sergeants are actually instructors for the culinary program in the military,” said Pyatt. “He thought I might like to have them out and he managed to get them out here pretty quickly. We are very excited about this opportunity. We have a lot of students who really want to go into the culinary industry.”

Pyatt said with this being a smaller area, it is a little more difficult as far as schooling and opportunities. 

“I think that UniTec is great stepping stone and building block for their culinary,” Pyatt said. “They will get their ProStart Certification while in this class, which is something I actually earned in college. They will have a head start with that and it will help them, whether they go into the military or college, because we have articulation agreements with some colleges.”

Pyatt said the colleges will accept credits and certifications from UniTec.

“Since this is Veterans Day week, we are doing a lot to honor our military. We will be serving a lunch on Friday,” said Pyatt. “Every year the Culinary Arts Program makes a lunch that is free for veterans and their spouses. We are making an Italian buffet this week for our veterans to come in. It’s from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.”

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Each student is given an opportunity to work hands-on with the Army Culinary team during their demonstration.

Each student is given an opportunity to work hands-on with the Army Culinary team during their demonstration.

UniTec Culinary Arts students learn how to cook a dish from instructors with the U.S. Army Joint Culinary Center of Excellence in Fort Lee, Virginia.

UniTec Culinary Arts students learn how to cook a dish from instructors with the U.S. Army Joint Culinary Center of Excellence in Fort Lee, Virginia.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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