Helms College students seeking success in Culinary Arts

MACON,Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – It takes talent and skill to become an executive chefs.

The students at Helms College are learning the tricks of the trade in hopes of becoming culinary masters.
Helms College will have an open house on August 27. The school is inviting the public to peek behind the scenes of an industrial kitchen.

Helms College Assistant Department Chair Stuart Hardy says he enjoys watching his students use the techniques they are learning.

“I want them to know what it is to be in the restaurant industry and how to succeed,” explained Hardy. “I want them to walk out with realistic expectations standards.”

For 14 years Hardy has monitored students until they graduated.

“A lot of them stay in Middle Georgia and work for different companies, hotel chains, restaurants, catering companies,” he says.

School officials say 70% of Helms College graduates have found jobs in their field in Middle Georgia.

Rickie Baldwin is a first year student at the culinary school. He says he enjoys learning how to grill steak.

“Getting to work with some of the things that are known to be finer in the industry and really learning how to maneuver them,” says Baldwin.

Another first year student, Tyrone Battle says he began cooking at a small seafood restaurant. He says he recently learned that he was over cooking shrimp.

“Yea it’s pretty easy to do but when it comes to a perfect temp and perfect texture, of how you should be serving it, it becomes pretty difficult,” says Battle.

Battle admitted he has a favorite professor.

“Chef Quin Speck told us being a success as a chef is not based on where you come from,” explained Battle. “If you love what you do with a passion, you can actually prolong your career.”

Hardy says it is the hands on experience students get at the college that will propel their careers.

“They have actual expectations, because they’ve been in the industry while they’re going to school,” says Hardy. “It’s whatever they want to chase whatever dream they want to chase.”

The college students serve lunch daily to customers at Edgar’s Bistro located on the Macon campus.

For those interested in becoming a chef, the next class at Helms College will begin on October 12.

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