Creativity meets the kitchen at MCC’s Culinary Arts school and student club
MOHAVE COUNTY – Flambé, poach and mince are just a few of things people can learn through MCC’s Culinary Arts program. “This program immerses you in the foundational skills it takes to launch a successful career in the food industry,” said Alana Johnson, Culinary Arts Instructor.
Johnson has more than 17 years of experience in the profession and has worked in kitchens in many cities including Seattle, Las Vegas, Denver and Laughlin. The MCC Culinary school offers an Associate of Applied Science Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management. Students will learn about sanitation, business management and cooking techniques with the combination of in-class instruction and hands-on experience.
Students may also earn a professional Certificate in Culinary and Hospitality Management which is an accelerated program that shows students technical hands-on training in culinary techniques and training required in the food service industry.
Those who are interested in baking and pastry, the culinary program offers a Certificate in Baking and Pastry. The program teaches students techniques of producing artisan breads, pastries, pies, cookies, tarts and much more.
Johnson said culinary arts is a passion turned profession and cooking is an intensive art that takes training to be successful in the field.
Amy Redick, MCC Culinary Arts student, has been in the program since Fall 2019 and enjoys the profession because everyday it’s different and constantly changing.
“It’s been a great experience and so far, I’ve learned a lot,” Redick said. “I’ve been working in the industry for a couple of years so this is getting me that step forward of where I want to go next.”
Redick is also a member of the culinary club and she enjoys the camaraderie between the other members. Students interested in the art of cooking can join the BHC Culinary Club, which meets every Monday at 1 p.m. via Zoom.
Recently the club prepared holiday meals for purchase where they prepared different sides and cuts of meat. To see club information, visit www.mohave.edu/clubs.
The culinary program is based at the MCC Bullhead City campus. For more information about the program, visit www.mohave.edu/culinary.
Those interested in enrolling should first fill out the free online application at Apply.Mohave.Edu . The college is currently signing up students for spring semester, which begins on January 19.