Culinary arts program toasts inaugural learners


Tim Brody - Associate Editor

A pilot culinary arts program in Sioux Lookout has proven itself a resounding success.
The Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board (SLAAMB) and Patal Vocational Schools partnered to run a 30 week culinary arts program for 15 students from SLAAMB communities.

Through the program, students learned and put their newly acquired cooking skills to the test in work placements, as well as catering for groups as small as 10 to over 300.
On March 11 at the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre, congratulations were extended to program graduates and participants.
Nelson Beardy of Wapekeka First Nation found he enjoyed cooking.
Delilah Anderson of Sachigo Lake First Nation said she enjoyed learning new cooking skills and getting to know her fellow students.
“They did really well,” stated culinary arts teacher Kanina Terry.
Terry said the group became quite close over 30 weeks.
The program was put together in response to an observed need now, and in the future, both in the area and in participant’s communities SLAAMB coordinator Mary Tait explained.

Sioux Lookout Mayor Doug Lawrance said with a project in the works to extend the provincial power grid to northern communities, construction workers will need to be fed.
He told program participants Sioux Lookout could provide work for them if they wished it.

The program has proven so successful that just days later on March 14, a new group of 15 learners was ready to start the program.
The program has previously run at the Legion in Sioux Lookout.
It will now run at the Friendship Centre.

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