Culinary programs pick up again after pandemic disruption – WMUR Manchester

Culinary programs in New Hampshire are bouncing back after a difficult year.When the COVID-19 pandemic began, some culinary arts programs across the state had to close. At Nashua Community College, remote learning helped keep the program alive.”I’ve been managing the department for about three years now, and this was the lowest enrollment we had,” said John Knorr of Nashua Community College.To keep busy, the Nashua program helped prepare thousands of meals for the food bank, which temporarily closed its own program last spring but is on the verge of enrollment again.”Culinary students don’t want to sit in a lecture class and hear a lecture and a PowerPoint,” Knorr said. “They want to be in the kitchen.”To that end, Lakes Region Community College is planning to open a dining room to the public this fall.”We have one bakery kitchen that’s dedicated just for our pastry baking program,” said Patrick Hall of Lakes Region Community College. “Then, we have what’s called our hot kitchen for our culinary arts program. There will be 12 stations of each table, so we’ll have 12 students each class.”The dining room will provide a full menu.”Soup, salad, entrée, dessert for a total of $12,” Hall said.Hall said he believes such programs can help keep some of the state’s most talented students in New Hampshire. “We’re in the vacationland,” he said. “It’s beautiful. We’re here at Lake Winnipesaukee. There’s Weirs Beach. So, it lends itself to the hospitality industry because we have hotels, restaurants.” There are other signs the industry is bouncing back. “In the last couple weeks, I’ve had several employers reach out to me asking about interns for the summer, so I think the industry is going to slowly open back up,” Knorr said.

Culinary programs in New Hampshire are bouncing back after a difficult year.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, some culinary arts programs across the state had to close. At Nashua Community College, remote learning helped keep the program alive.

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“I’ve been managing the department for about three years now, and this was the lowest enrollment we had,” said John Knorr of Nashua Community College.

To keep busy, the Nashua program helped prepare thousands of meals for the food bank, which temporarily closed its own program last spring but is on the verge of enrollment again.

“Culinary students don’t want to sit in a lecture class and hear a lecture and a PowerPoint,” Knorr said. “They want to be in the kitchen.”

To that end, Lakes Region Community College is planning to open a dining room to the public this fall.

“We have one bakery kitchen that’s dedicated just for our pastry baking program,” said Patrick Hall of Lakes Region Community College. “Then, we have what’s called our hot kitchen for our culinary arts program. There will be 12 stations of each table, so we’ll have 12 students each class.”

The dining room will provide a full menu.

“Soup, salad, entrée, dessert for a total of $12,” Hall said.

Hall said he believes such programs can help keep some of the state’s most talented students in New Hampshire.

“We’re in the vacationland,” he said. “It’s beautiful. We’re here at Lake Winnipesaukee. There’s Weirs Beach. So, it lends itself to the hospitality industry because we have hotels, restaurants.”

There are other signs the industry is bouncing back.

“In the last couple weeks, I’ve had several employers reach out to me asking about interns for the summer, so I think the industry is going to slowly open back up,” Knorr said.