Culinary students earn job training
The Three Seasons Restaurant and The Switch bring an actual restaurant and cafe experience to campus, while providing one of few food options to students at Contra Costa College.
The restaurant started off as a tool for students majoring in the culinary arts in the form of a study program. Thanks to culinary arts department Chairperson Nader Sharkes, it has evolved into an instructor-run and student-operated restaurant.
Since CCC began construction of the future Campus Center, food options on campus have been limited to the Bookstore, Subway and the Three Seasons Restaurant.
Student Chan Dool said, "I like the Three Seasons, especially when you just want to sit down and enjoy a good meal."
The restaurant is located in AA-239 and is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
The goal of the culinary arts department is to train students with professional, real-world experience, Sharkes said.
Culinary arts major Ngan Mak said, "It will help in the real world because the school experience is very much like (the real world restaurant business.)"
The menu is chosen based on the cooking techniques required to prepare dishes.
Culinary arts department assistant Angel Chau said, "The restaurant changes its menu every month to keep everything fresh and so the students' skills can get tighter."
Also, the staff is rotated every month so students gain experience by working with each other, Chau said.
Arnold Lopez, a second semester culinary arts student, said, "This is a really good opportunity. I'm majoring in culinary arts because I want to cook - it's been my thing."
The students that work and study in the department are generally happy with the instruction they receive, according to student Eugene Reed.
"The good thing about this restaurant is you can make mistakes and learn from it," Reed said.
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