Wheeler High’s Culinary Arts students had the distinctive opportunity of assisting with the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show April 17-19 at the Galleria Center. Students assisted with prep work for Tyler Florence, Guy Fieri, The Neelys, and Paula Deen. The behind-the-scenes experience immersed the students in the world of television food prep. During the Tyler Florence show, one of the Wheeler students was actually on stage and was chosen for his efforts in prepping for Tyler’s dish. Later that day, Tyler visited the prep area where he signed aprons, posed for pictures, and gave words of wisdom and encouragement to our culinary students.
Wheeler students also assisted in the Children’s area where they taught how to prepare various snacks of animal themes. The little chefs created their own cheesy caterpillars and a chocolate octopus. The cooking show allowed them to teach and relate to young children.
Local chefs Chef Kory Mac and Chef Alex Reetoff helped the group prepare for the event, visiting the class to demonstrate their culinary knowledge. The class is advised by Lyvonda Crumb.