South Tech Academy provides an opportunity for high school students to train for careers in the highly popular culinary field.
The South Tech Academy of Culinary Arts Academy Mission Statement
The Culinary Arts Primary mission at South Tech Academy is to provide students with real world knowledge and practical experience in a nurturing environment . Upon graduation students will have the skills to make them viable productive citizens.
Purpose and Instruction
We train each student to industry standards and certify their culinary skills, through multidimensional training in the classroom and kitchen. We also prepare students for actual jobs in the culinary field.
…Focuses on teaching our students traditional fundamental cooking skills, such as, baking, pastry, dining room preparedness, presentation and etiquette.
The students will receive training in kitchen and equipment operations, proper sanitation, menu and food preparation, and presentation
in international foods. We also offer employment assistance in the culinary industry through our job placement coordinator.
The program focuses on:
• large quantity cooking
• baking and pastry work
• dining room operations
• kitchen operations
• menu reparation
• extensive food preparation
• equipment operation and
• business ownership
We offer employment assistance in the culinary industry through our Job Placement Coordinator.
A graduate of this academy can expect to earn a competitive wage with unlimited growth potential.
APPLYING IS EASY:
All you have to do to make sure you meet our qualifications is complete an
application for enrollment. Students must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0, (FCAT) level 2 scores in Math & Reading preferred, an acceptable discipline record, and a good attendance history. Acceptance into a particular academy is subject to availability.
For an application, please call 561.369.7004 or fax your application to
561.389.7024 or access our website application on the top menu
WHY SETTLE FOR JUST A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA?
All high school career academies are not created equal.
Imagine a High School that offers:
- A college-ready high school diploma from the state of Florida
- Thirty-two credits in a four-year program
- Program Certificate of Completion
- Classes that are normally 25 students or less
- Small school atmosphere
- Emphasis on learning rather than typical high school distractions
- Caring, nurturing staff
- Safe and productive learning environment
- A legacy of success in Career Education
- A Career
- Industry Certification in Sanitation
Only South Tech Academy offers these advantages and more!
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South Tech Academy Mission Statement
South Tech Academy’s Mission is to provide a climate in which students, parents and professionals share ownership for life-long accomplishments.
Outdoor markets are the resources for fresh ingredients
Every year when I visit France I shop at local markets for fresh fruits and vegetables. Outdoor markets are held several times a week in different towns. Markets have distinctive personalities, made up by the residents of the towns. Vendors create a welcome atmosphere. They greet the customers; loudly advertise their best produce by calling out to get your attention. Some shoppers gravitate towards their favorite stand or seller while others (like me) wander around looking at everything. There is the gentleman who sells roasted chicken (potatoes cook at the bottom of the grill with the dripping from the chicken), the fruit and vegetable vendor or the gardener that sells herbs and flowers. One of my favorites is cheese vendor with locally made goat cheese. One thing that is really different at a market like is that the vendor might ask you when you intend to eat what you are buying. For example, if you are planning to eat some delicious creamy Brie cheese, the vendor would give you a different cheese if you planned to eat it tonight instead of tomorrow or in a few days. The fish monger has a huge display of fish with plenty of ice to keep all the pristine seafood and shellfish fresh. Markets have several advantages over the grocery stores. One of the big differences is that you have several vendors.
The different vendors will have produce or products from different places and at different prices, so the apricots at one stall may be much less expensive or much more flavorful than at another stall. The vendors encourage you to taste their products. You can choose then between taste and price. You also can choose your own peaches or strawberries because they aren’t all wrapped in plastic. Don’t forget you can ask for a better price when you buy quantities. Outdoor markets are not just to buy food; they act as a social gathering place as well. The cafes around the markets are also packed with customers enjoying a café au lait or a glass of wine.
South Tech Academy Partners with The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center for the Family Gingerbread House Building Contest
Boynton Beach, FL – South Tech Academy students in the Culinary Arts Academy, well-known for their intricate and festive display of custom-made gingerbread houses, partnered with the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center for the Family Gingerbread House Building Contest. Notably, Culinary students donated three of their houses to families at the Schoolhouse.
The Contest, an all-day family event with over fifty attendees, was held at the Schoolhouse on Saturday, December 17. South Tech Academy Chef Suzanne O’Neil and Culinary students Oceana Crisanto and Ashleigh Wildman brought the Culinary Academy’s professionally crafted gingerbread houses and raffled them off at the end of the event. Throughout the day, however, they assisted the families in building the houses and prepared the homemade icing to go with.
Crisanto, a sophomore in the Culinary Arts Academy, particularly enjoyed helping the families at this event, as she noted, “I learned that patience is key and not to rush because quality is also important. (Also,) it is important to help others than put yourself first.”
South Tech Academy Board Member and Schoolhouse Board President Nancy Ernst coordinated South Tech’s partnership with this event.
The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center brings meaningful educational experiences to children and families through programs and exhibits that engage individuals with hands-on learning. For more information, go to http://www.schoolhousemuseum.org.
Chef Tanner was honored last week at the Palm Beach County chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) as Culinary Educator of the Year. This honor is bestowed yearly on the member that has worked to further culinary education in Palm Beach County and beyond, demanding excellence and promoting the culinary profession. We are very proud of Chef Tanner!
Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey! We were so lucky to get to help prepare turkey for senior citizens and people at Pompey Park. We started on Tuesday afternoon. It turns out that most of the 50 turkeys were frozen solid! We cut up the ones that weren’t frozen and started defrosting the frozen ones. By the time we left, we had 10 roasted turkeys and 40 that still needed to be cooked.
On Wednesday morning, we went back to Spady Elementary, along with the cafeteria manager, Judy Lohmann and our chef, Walter Tanner and some teachers and staff from Spady. We started cutting up the already roasted and cooled turkeys and roasting the ones that were defrosted. Lyanet and Shyla joined the crew. We also used the tilt skillet to cook some of the turkey legs and make a delicious gravy! After we cut up the turkey, we packed it in foil containers to take to Pompey Park where they prepared the side dishes and packed the food into individual serving containers. At Pompey Park, they sent out about 300 dinners to senior citizens and served over 100 people there. It felt great to be able to use our cooking skills to help other. We are very thankful! Lyanete and Shayla and Mrs. Tanner.
South Tech Culinary Garden by L.S
South Tech Academy’s Culinary Art’s garden is now open and blooming. For a while, Chef Tanner and Chef O’Neil have been experimenting with plants to get our culinary class their own garden to have fresh organic vegetables. As a class we all agreed it was a wonderful idea to do so.
A few months after the idea was brought up, Chef Tanner took us out to the back of the class for a little surprise. We saw that there were new plants growing. We now have tomato plant, zucchini plants with a few flowers as well as the cucumber plants. We also have bean plants already giving us beans ready to use and we now planted lettuce for our salads to have more of a crunchy bite with more flavor.
Today we are happy of what we have growing in our garden because we know that we are trying hard to make our food more flavorful and eye appealing. Also knowing that we are one of the few schools that has a garden shows how much we care about the quality of our food.
Chicken Fried Steak
Fresh Brewed Iced Tea