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GCHS students ‘shadow’ professional chefs at Sullivan University

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Five Grant County High School students traveled to Sullivan University’s Lexington Campus to participate in the Chef Shadow Day.  Jessica Cook, Lauren Haney, Abigayle (Abi) Hensley, Jordan Kinman and Savannah Johnson shadowed a Sullivan chef instructor while preparing for 300 plus individuals for the Lexington Farmer’s Market dinner.  

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Students used a variety of skills and prepared many different foods while working in professional kitchen labs.  Students said they enjoyed the day because it gave them a realistic view of what culinary school would be like if they decided to pursue the degree at Sullivan University.
Each of the GCHS students that attended were awarded a $1,000 scholarship for meeting the requirements and working during the day. Students had to write an essay about the importance of the culinary or baking and pastry to the economy, have a teacher write a letter of recommendation, have a 2.5 cumulative GPA and have an interest in attending Sullivan University.  

After lunch students were given a tour of the university and housing.  “Today confirmed my desire to become a chef.  I had a blast today working with the chefs,” said Jessica Cook, a senior that is already enrolled at Sullivan.  

Students were also informed about other scholarship opportunities and the importance of competing and being involved in FCCLA and Skills USA.  Sullivan encourages enrolled seniors to take advantage of the jumpstart program.  Once seniors apply and are accepted they can begin taking online classes, up to two per semester, free of charge.