Kent Van Dyk, who graduated from Western’s Faculty of Education in 2010, was featured recently in the Ottawa Citizen newspaper. Originally a chef, Kent is now teaching at Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School in Barrhaven, where he created a brand new culinary arts program for high school students. The curriculum includes kitchen safety and sanitation as well as the business of actually learning to cook in the state-of-the-art stainless steel kitchen.
Kent hopes his students will finish the course with “good basic cooking skills, the ability to look after themselves and feed themselves relatively healthily, economically, when they leave high school and go off to college, university, or enter the workforce.”
The course has been hugely popular with Kent’s students, particularly his Grade 10 class who are planning a finale gala dinner in the school foyer at the end of the semester. The article appeared in the Ottawa Citizen.