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Students look to kitchen for their future

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

These students can stand the heat in the kitchen.

Students enrolled in the Independent Living Program, an introductory culinary arts class at Lake Tahoe Community College, have learned some of life’s most valuable lessons.

Those lessons include cooking food other than Top Ramon and catering a business conference for more than 50 people at Tallac Vista.

The class would use the kitchen of Carina’s Cafe and Catering to prepare food for the catering events. Adam Haynes, 17, said people enjoyed the chicken in the chicken Caesar salad and the fruit trays.

“It was definitely an experience watching people react to eating our food,” he said.

The class celebrated their accomplishments Friday at Carina’s with finger foods and virgin strawberry margaritas.

Andrew Maggayo and Nick Baldwin stood in the kitchen making taquitos by preparing small slices of steak rolled in tortillas for the party.

“I’m not a cook. I like to cut,” Baldwin said. “I cut it up and (Maggayo) throws it in the skillet.”

Maggayo and Baldwin plan to open a cafe serving various ethnic foods. But first the pair are hoping they obtain a scholarship so they can take more culinary art classes at the college.

Shari Young, program coordinator for the Independent Living Program, used money from a $4,000 grant awarded by Solano Community College to create the course.

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