On behalf of the Kentucky Restaurant Association (KRA) and Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC), SKYCTC Culinary Instructor, Chef Jason Lindsey and Heather Rogers, Executive Director of the SKYCTC Foundation, presented a check for $500 to Angela Gott, ACSHS Consumer and Family Science Program Instructor for an Industry of Opportunity Grant. Ms. Gott’s grant proposal titled “Let’s Get Cheesy” was selected to receive the teacher grant provided by the KRA /SKYCTC partnership to fund a culinary unit that will explore the “world of cheese”.
Students will complete “Cheese Boot Camp” online through the Wisconsin Dairy Council. This online course will help them to understand the process of cheese from pasture to plate, identify individual cheese categories, proper guidelines for storing and handling, and how to use cheese for profitable menus and merchandising. Upon completion, students will participate in a cheese pairing/tasting lab where they will sample and evaluate a variety of cheese.
Students will research the industry of dairy and cheese producers and what opportunities are available, including an industry tour at Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese. They will research the steps in cheese making and review recipes, equipment, supplies, and ingredients to make the highest quality cheese. This part of the unit culminates with a cheese making lab.
Finally, students will use their knowledge of cheese to participate in a cheese challenge lab. During this challenge lab they will create a recipe that highlights cheese in a way that is creative and unique; not your typical grilled cheese or macaroni and cheese recipe!
The Industry of Opportunity Grant is funded by the Kentucky Restaurant Association with additional support from the Rafferty’s Restaurant Group in an effort to encourage students to pursue culinary arts education and assist high school teachers in their efforts to teach the curriculum.