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When Thanksgiving rolls around

Warrior Chef students made food that staff members could purchase in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday
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The Warrior Chef program baked rolls for Thanksgiving, which were available for purchase for teachers.

A busy teacher is on their first day of fall break, but Thanksgiving is tomorrow and they have not had any time to prepare. Warrior Chef made these rolls for that exact reason, to take one thing off of an already busy schedule.

This year Warrior Chef, an advanced cooking class here at MCHS, made rolls to sell to MCHS staff members.

“The purpose of making and selling the dinner rolls is for the students to get experience taking orders from customers, calculating cost, cooking food in mass quantities, time management, and packaging and delivering,” said Melanie Kadlec, the Warrior Chef teacher.

This experience in giving out the food was especially helpful for students in the class that want to go into culinary in the future.

“It is really nice to be able to make things for people,” said Edward Riley Rosales, a senior student in Warrior Chef. “It also helps fund us as a class so we can do more things for the community.”

The idea for making food for Thanksgiving was Kadlec’s idea, but the type of food made was the students’ ideas.

“This year we had to come up with something different because of the change to the schedule during Thanksgiving week,” continued Kadlec. “We needed to make something that could be frozen and reheated so that students could complete the project before the long Thanksgiving break.”

Overall the meals are sold to teachers to take the burden of making one extra thing on their Thanksgiving menu off, and to make their breaks as easy as possible.

“I wanted to do this food sale to give the students experience preparing orders for customers, and I also wanted to take something off our staff members plate when it comes to preparing their own Thanksgiving meals,” said Kadlec.

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