Tuesday, June 4th marked the Open House for the Davenport Community Schools ProStart Culinary Arts program’s new 1,750 sq. ft. commercial kitchen. ProStart students prepared appetizers that were enjoyed by community partners, students, and administrators. Until now, ProStart students have worked out of a high school home economics classroom. Now our high school students will train is a kitchen that will prepare them to work in a restaurant kitchen. The new kitchen is located on the first floor of the J.B. Young Opportunity Center, 1702 N. Main Street.
The renovation project took approximately 7 months to complete and the $750,000 cost was paid out of SAVE funds (State-wide penny sales tax). Some of the new equipment includes a 50 lb. gas fryer, griddle/charbroiler, commercial range/oven, salamander broiler, combi oven, commercial microwave, 20 and 30-quart mixers, and a walk-in cooler.
ProStart students are juniors and/or seniors in high school who are interested in pursuing a career in the culinary arts. In addition to their “classroom” work, students put in 400 hours working in a professional kitchen. When they graduate, students can enter the workforce immediately or choose to continue their training at culinary school. Please check out a story that aired on WHBF-News 4