Some students are aspiring chefs, some dream of owning a pastry shop, while others just want the handy skill of knowing how to cook a good meal.
No matter the reasons, they are enjoying being in the Hospitality Management program through the Livonia Career Technical Center and the hands-on learning that takes place at their very own restaurant, The Patriot Inn at Franklin High School.
The two-year program, which has 38 students, is led by Christine Bednarczyk and Andy Lehmann. They recently took the show on the road, and offered demonstrations at Livonia Public Schools’ middle schools as a way to promote the program to future aspiring chefs.
At Frost Middle School, the students visited Barb Postel’s Exploring Foods & Fabrics class, where they demonstrated how to make a “1-2-3” pie crust. It was a great way to show the Frost students who may be interested in enrolling in the Hospitality Program exactly what they do. Each high school student spoke about various aspects of the program, including the popular special-themed buffets they offer at The Patriot Inn.
Postel said she was happy to host the students in her classroom at Frost.
“(My students) are having the opportunity to see what is offered at high school,” said Postel. “I can explain things, but having the students here is 100 times better. They get to see and hear from the high school students and see how much they are enjoying it.”