TV show takes learning on the road for GRCC chef-instructor and his students

Feb. 2, 2016 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A 12-part series featuring Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will air at 11:30 a.m. Sundays on WZZM-13, starting Feb. 21. The “Cooking with Angus” series follows one of GRCC’s chef instructors and two GRCC students as they learn about food preparation first-hand in Italy and Scotland.

“There is nothing better for learning about regional cuisine than to travel to a particular location and experience it for yourself,” said chef Angus Campbell, who has taught at GRCC since 1991. “While we do a tremendous job of teaching basic skills in the classroom, immersion in a culture is, by far, the best way of learning a new cuisine.”

Culinary students Megan Garstecki and April Loya, who are completing their final semester at GRCC before earning their associate degrees, were grateful for the opportunity to take learning to the next level.

“This was an experience of a lifetime,” Garstecki said. “To witness how important foods like olive oil, pasta and parmesan cheese have been made for centuries gives me a clearer understanding of how I will use them after graduating.”

The students spent one week in Italy and then traveled to Scotland to learn about dishes native to those regions. “We were in the kitchens of Michelin Star restaurants and small coastal restaurants, and fresh seafood markets and small farms,” Loya said. “This trip completely changed my perspective on food.”

Learning takes shape in many forms at GRCC.

“The college is fortunate to have faculty dedicated to enhancing student learning not just in but out of the classroom, and generous donors to support this work,” GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender said. “Our culinary institute includes faculty who are world-renowned chefs cultivating the next crop of talented culinarians. If you have not had the chance, you must visit our Heritage Restaurant, where the talents of these up-and-coming chefs are highlighted.”

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Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.

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