Culinary Program is #1!
BHS Culinary Program Receives #1 Award
Posted on 05/19/2014
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Benson High School Culinary Program

By Linda Lou Lamb

The culinary program at Benson High School has recently been added to the list of honors bestowed on the school district during the 2013-14 school year – being named the number one CTE program in the state of Arizona by the Association for Career and Technical Education of Arizona (ACTEZA).

“I am so proud of our Benson High culinary program,” Mia Cashman, BHS culinary teacher said.  “We have worked extremely hard over the year to develop a program that teaches students real life working environments.  The students feel a sense of pride and it shows in all their dedication and hard work.  Community support grows stronger every year because more people are exposed every year to the quality food and service the program provides.  What an honor to be recognized for our efforts.”

 Students are involved in the culinary program from interns and Culinary III students who are asked back to help run classes and culinary teams to the Culinary I and II students who fill up the program.  Benson High School culinary also has strong ties with the community through their bi-weekly luncheons and annual Christmas dinner.

“In the years that I have been in the culinary class, I have seen it as successful as this year has been,” junior culinary student Amber Fink said.  “Culinary II has done a wonderful job with the luncheons and improving the menus.  Culinary I has also been very successful in learning the ways of the culinary field.”

 In addition to classroom work, the culinary students have traveled to local and state competitions as well as conferences and culinary institutes/businesses to enhance their educational experiences.

 “We are very proud of our culinary students and Ms. Cashman for all the hard work they have put in to get this program to where it is today,” Benson High School Career and Technical Education director Katie Barrera said. 

 As the 2013-14 school year comes to an end, we the can only look to the future for even bigger and better accomplishments from Benson High School and its’ the culinary department.