Dismas Charities Portland Kitchen Skills Class Produces Results

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Portland Chef Jamie Hall is continuing with his unique approach to helping residents re-enter society. After completing the  Dismas Charities Portland Kitchen Skills Program,  the student/residents are awarded certificates at a celebratory graduation dinner prepared as part of their final exam. Students are taught how to use all kitchen equipment, food preparation and storage, meal  planning,  cost  control,  nutrition,  staffing,  time  management,  job search  and  interview  strategies,  receiving  and  warehousing  procedures, knife  skills  and  kitchen  hygiene.  Also  required  is  completion  of  an  in house 200-question essay, true/false and multiple-choice test based on the Louisville Metro Department of Health’s Sanitation Course for Food Service Managers. Finally, students assume the role of Chef and plan, organize  staffing  and  cook  dinner  for  residents  responsible  for  the  in -house cleaning at the facility. Chef Hall created the program so that residents can provide certificates to prospective employers proving their expertise, which Hall verifies. Above students Brian Bowman and Matthew Abney watch as Robert Shumate puts the final touches on stuffed pork roasts. To date five residents have graduated, Shumate is next, and 12 students are currently in the program.

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