With many flourishing restaurants in the Santa Clarita Valley and a growing number of students interested in the lucrative and creative field of culinary arts, College of the Canyons is preparing to unveil a culinary arts degree program that will cater to the field’s high demand. The first class offered will be Foods and Nutrition in the Restaurant Industry. It will be available in the spring semester, which begins Feb. 6. The class includes fundamental culinary techniques for commercial kitchen operations. “The truth is, if you learn how to cook, you will always have a job,” said Kevin Anthony, chair of the college’s Hotel and Restaurant Management program. “The class will provide students with a solid beginning in the fine art of culinary skills.” The class will also provide serv-safe instruction and examination for individuals in need of a Los Angeles County food handler’s certificate. Because students will begin cooking on the very first day of class, learning how to handle and prepare food in a safe and appropriate manner is the first skill students must master. Chef Steve Eisner who has been in the food industry for more than thirty years, will be teaching the course. “The class is a terrific starting point for people who aspire to be professional chef’s, restaurant owners or hospitality managers in hotels, country clubs or institutional settings,” said Eisner. “The real fun is in the kitchen! What pot to use, how to hold a knife, how to bake, stew, braise and the best part is that students get to eat what they cook,” said Eisner. “I get so excited when I see students progress through the class and end up cooking a beautiful buffet as part of the class final.” Eisner is also president and CEO of ISSI, a hospitality company that offers food and housekeeping services in many parts of California. The class will meet Tuesdays from 12 to 1:50 p.m. or from 2 to 4:50 p.m.
For more information regarding this class, please visit the college’s website at www.canyons.edu or call (661) 362-3280.