Mike Chrostowski Looks Outside the Box
Culinary Arts has been his field of expertise for years. His passion and dedication for cooking grow over time. Today, this wonderful and dedicated chef and culinary arts instructor looks and thinks outside the box for his cooking course and program.
Mike Chrostowski is a well-known chef and a culinary arts instructor at Olathe School District. He has been in the kitchen for years and has been teaching cooking lessons and techniques to students for some time. He has been teaching a two-year course and technical program for youngsters who are interested of becoming great chefs one day.
This year, Chef Chrostowski has great things in mind for his students. He is looking outside the box to make these young aspiring chefs gain more experience and understanding about cooking and business. And what is more amazing is that Chef Chrostowski gets a hand from one of the biggest and famous names on the Food Network.
The host of a well-known and popular food reality TV series, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”, Chef Guy Fieri donated state-of-the-art and brand new pretzel carts that cost $15,000 to Olathe Culinary Arts School. These carts will be used as a learning tool for students who want to be a chef in the future.
But you might wonder what does a pretzel cart has to do with culinary arts and the students desiring to be a chef? Well, for Chef Chrostowski, it’s a great way and a wonderful tool for him and his program to let students get an idea of what it’s like to be on a chef on a real business. The carts will also let the students experience how it will feel and look like when running a restaurant.
The carts, which are officially named as the Awesome Pretzel Carts, will be the basis for a number of practice tests and lessons that will introduce and expose them to entrepreneurship. With those carts, the students will not only be making or cooking the pretzels, but they will also be selling them.
To Chef Chrostowski, the carts will give his students a wonderful opportunity to learn not only about being a chef but also running and managing a restaurant. The students will have lessons about cooking and at the same time entrepreneurship.
When working at the pretzel carts, students are tasked to create and develop a business or strategic plan and make a report about their “pretzel business” to see if they are doing well or not. In this way, they will learn and practice the ways of a great entrepreneur.
Chef Chrostowski has still a lot of great plans for his students this year. And this includes letting his students cook for Chef Fieri during an event, known as the Barbecue Hall of Fame which will be held at the American Royal.
The dedicated chef still has many wonderful things in store for his students. He is giving his best to teach them, from kitchen sanitation to cooking safety tips to making a delicious entrée to managing a restaurant. According to Chef Chrostowski, it is a wonderful privilege to mold these students and help them become great and amazing chefs as well as entrepreneurs in the future.