By Kevin Hart
It’s not over-cooked. It’s not raw. It’s the well-done Cooking Club. From its beginning, the Cooking Club had many bumps in the road on its journey to creation. But now that the club is official, we have something to prep our taste buds for. The Cooking Club is not your run of the mill ‘let’s bake cookies and stuff’club; it’s a full-fledged club that dedicates itself to teaching basic cooking skills and a thing or two about the culinary arts.
The English department’s Mr. Donohue is taking the lead as advisor, and senior Keith Cassar will be leading the troops on the frontlines as student advisor. The club’s hype resulted in an amazing turnout for the first informational meeting—over fifteen students attended. During the meeting, Mr. Donohue introduced the goals of the club, which included catering for many school-related events such as concerts and productions.
The club promotes cultural awareness by connecting various cultures from around the world through food. Different events call for different foods, as shown in the blueprints for possible events for St. Patrick Day, Finals Week, and more.
The Cooking Club’s goal is not only to bring awareness of various cultures, but also to teach fundamental skills to adolescents. You don’t want to survive on ramen for the rest of your life because you can’t cook.
When asked about the Cooking Club, senior Braedon Warshaw exclaimed, “It’s gonna be awesome! And I can’t wait because I need to learn how to cook.” When asked about possible events, he said, “It all sounds pretty good; I like what Mr. Donohue’s got set up each month.”
There are still some conflicts that the club will have to work out. Students are discouraged to give money out of their own wallets in order to buy ingredients, so to tackle this problem, the “Cupcake Bake Off” was arranged to raise funds to kick-start the cooking experience. Members don’t know how the club is going to keep bringing in money, but they’re confident the club will find a way to be successful.
Another senior, Tommy Seslowsky, agreed with others, stating, “I think it’s a really good idea, especially for a whole new wave of students who are going off to college who are soon gonna have to provide food for themselves.” When asked about future events, he added, “...it’s very exciting, and it’ll introduce students to new arrays of food.”
Many of the students in the club are shipping off to college, so Mr. Donohue believes it’s important to teach all students, not just the seniors, how to eat cheap, but healthfully. That means Cheetos and soda are out of the picture, ladies and gentlemen.
In all seriousness though, go on and check out the Cooking Club in room 200A! Listen for club announcements via the intercom system at the start of the day if you want to hone your cooking skills!