Aspiring Chef Adan Estrada shares cooking demonstration with Joliet Central students
November 21, 2017 01:24 PM
Joliet Central High School alumnus Adan Estrada, Class of 2012, returned to his alma mater and shared his professional culinary arts expertise with Joliet Central teacher Rochelle Bjelland’s culinary arts classes on Friday, November 17, 2017.
Estrada explained that, after exploring his interests in the culinary arts as a high school student, he has studied diligently in the Joliet Junior College Culinary Arts program and is now employed as a Culinary Arts Lab Assistant in the JJC City Center Campus.
During his visit, Adan demonstrated how to prepare a risotto dish. The students were excited to see the demonstration, especially as many of them were unfamiliar with risotto. Adan brought his own fresh ingredients and explained the science, creativity, and techniques related to the dish he was preparing. He also talked about his experiences in the culinary arts program and answered student questions.
Bjelland said, “It was a great having Adan back in the classroom! One of the best rewards a teacher can have is seeing your student being successful and doing what they love! I think it was a great experience for the students as well, being able to see someone that achieved what he went to school for here at Joliet Central. Although it is hard work, Adan has shown that hard work and perseverance pays off.”
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