Metro Tech’s Culinary Arts program for high school and adult students, formerly housed at the South Bryant Campus, recently relocated to a newly-renovated instructional training space at Springlake Campus. The center of excellence, designed by Renaissance Architects, was created to offer aspiring chefs access to industry-standard career training and hands-on learning experiences.
Students in the two-year Culinary Arts program split their week between classroom instruction and live work, as the café is open to customers on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Managing a restaurant with paying customers enhances the classroom curriculum and makes the program exciting for students, according to Lead Culinary Arts Teacher Chef Travis Williams. Williams, a former executive chef who brings years of restaurant industry experience into the classroom, expressed pride in the excellent learning environment being provided to Metro Tech students.
“For students to train in a state-of-the-art kitchen and then apply those skills working in the café is invaluable. They experience the pressure of a lunch rush while rotating through stations and learning the overall process of managing and operating a restaurant from varied positions. They graduate prepared for employment and confident in their culinary ability,” Williams said.
Metro Tech is an Oklahoma technology school that offers free tuition to Oklahoma City Public Schools, Crooked Oak Public Schools and Millwood Public Schools students. Full-time and part-time training is offered for adult students, as well as customized Business & Industry training. For more information (405) 424-TECH.