“We’ll do Seared Salmon with Pineapple Salsa, we’ll do Salmon Cake and Coconut Shrimp,” said Trevor Bethke, the chef instructor at 13and Street cafe.
Some fairly spicy dishes can be found in the dining room of the Cadillac restaurant.
“You get it, you get an idea, keep shooting,” Trevor said, as he instructed a student.
Trevor teaches with Chanhom Sikkema.
“Ms. Sikkema and I have over 50 years combined in the kitchen,” he described.
But it is these students who cut, bread and cook.
Selena Quintero is a first at Marion High School.
“Learning and having fun at the same time is the best way to learn, honestly it keeps you going,” she said.
Every day starts out the same for the 18 students at Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center.
“When you walk in, you go to the blackboard, you look at it, we have hot prep, cold prep,” she said.
But the days never end the same.
“Every day is something new, and I like that, I like to change,” Selena said.
This is the fishing unit.
“We had sauce units, knife skill units, breakfast units, soup units, we do fresh salads and dressings, I mean we do the full gamete,” said Trevor.
It is part of the Hospitality, Retail and Entrepreneurship class.
“They get some math, they get some table service, they get all the pieces of the puzzle to be successful in any hospitality business they choose,” Trevor said.
Even sharpen their skills at home.
“A few weeks ago I made bacon potato soup for my family and it was so good, and after making it at home you remember it too,” Selena said.
That’s another goal.
Trevor hopes the HRE class teaches students how not to rely on recipes.
“I want them to know how things work, so when they leave here I want them to be able to bake bread from scratch,” he said.
Once all the food is prepared and the clock strikes 11:00 am, lunch is served to CTC staff and the public.
Leaving customers feeling full and leaving students with comprehensive lessons in and out of the kitchen.
“I don’t expect them to be chefs necessarily, but if they could take some of the good things they’ve learned here and share it with the world. I’m happy.” Trevor said.
“CTC is definitely one of the best parts of my day,” Selena said.
The 13th Street Cafe serves the public Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center suggests calling ahead before stopping by.
It’s just to check that they are serving that day.
For more information about the class, click here.