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WELCOME TO
MS. D'AMICO'S
CULINARY ARTS CLASS

The School For Cooperative Technical Education

Canarsie Educational Campus

1600 Rockaway Parkway

Brooklyn, NY 11236

Food connects us, and food is connected to everything. That is what inspired me to teach Culinary Arts at Coop-Tech in Brooklyn. I believe that what we put on our plates reflects our individuality. Our classroom values, and encourages your individual journey into the Food Service Industry.

Culinary Arts is an entry level, one year program that focuses on what you need specifically to gain employment in food service. We cultivate your talent, and pair it with practice and skill. You will have full access to our classroom kitchen where you will begin to understand what it takes to maintain a safe and sanitized workspace. Your imagination will be ignited as you learn how to take basic recipes and create your unique versions. Art, Music, Writing, Math, Science and History all intertwine with the many paths we will travel down discovering flavors, cooking methods, and presentation. Every student has the opportunity to earn their Servsafe Food Safety Certificate, and The NYC Food Handler's Card. Students are prepared for positions in commercial kitchens prepping for chefs and completing other basic tasks before and during meal service. You will realize your potential, and leave work ready! 

If you are interested in finding out more about our program please call our main office @(718)-290-8600.

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Citrus Fruits

What's Going On In The Kitchen

  • The Meaning of Mindfulness

  • Community, Food, and Sustainability

  • Becoming A Creative In Food Service 

  • Using Your Own Food Photography On Social Media Platforms

  • Smart Careers in Culinary Arts

  • Wage & Compensation- Know Your Rights!

  • Food Service Safety & Sanitation

  • Food Temps & Danger Zones

  • The Core Four and The Big Eight

  • Physical & Chemical Contaminants

  • Allergies in Food Service

  • Avoiding Foodborne Illness

  • Following Simple Directions

  • Safe Knife Handling and Storing 

  • Know Your Supermarket Departments

  • Being An Informed Consumer 

  • Job Interviewing Skills

  • Create Your Resume 

  • How To Dress On Any Job Interview 

  • Healthy Workplace Relationships 

  • What does Seasonal mean?

  • Identifying Seasonal Spices

  • Baking Seasonal Pies

  • Cooking For Large Groups

  • Gingerbread House Making

  • Seasonal Cookies and Treats

  • Different Types Of Dough 

  • The Eight Cooking Methods You Should Know

  • Servsafe Prep/ NYC Food Handler Prep

  • Final Food Truck Project 

  • Transitional Counseling and Resource Connections 

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The Soulful Taste Of Good Food!

We Celebrate The Colors, Sounds, And Flavors Of African-American History

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Fall favorites coming right up
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Ms. D’Amico’s Culinary Arts class discussed why it’s important to practice mindfulness at work and in school. When we are mindful, we cut down on accidents and injuries in the workplace. Students turned off their cellphones and tuned in for a truly creative, peaceful art project that focused on keeping your mind and body in the same place. Painting beach rocks in various colors, using words that bring them peace, and collaborating with each other to create a piece of themselves. Each student expressed why they chose the word they painted on his/her rock. One student added that- "When we are focused and in the moment we get the most out of what Ms. D’Amico is teaching us, and from one another."

Focus+Creativity = A Sweet Culinary Combination
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We Spread Love The Brooklyn Way

Our class took the opportunity to spread love! They decorated mini pumpkins with positive affirmations and left them all of the streets of Brooklyn on their travels home. 

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Colorful Pens
We Eat With Our Eyes

CULINARY STUDENTS DISCOVER HOW ART AND FOOD ARE CONNECTED

I believe imagination and ingenuity are the foundation of a successful student. Chefs need to be focused, out of the box thinkers that can transform the simplest of ingredients into a work of art. We use art in our classroom to foster the development of  visionaries.

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Nutritional
Self-Portraits

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Appropriate Dress
in the Workplace

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Seasonal Scents and Flavors 

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Recipe of the Month

Roasted Butternut Squash

Please check out our Google Classroom

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Recipe of The Month

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Sicilian Pizza Dough

Preparation 10 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 30min

Serves 8  

 Ingredients

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

 

 Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

  2. Stir in flour, salt and oil. Beat until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.

  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat or roll into a round. Transfer crust to a lightly greased pizza pan or baker's peel dusted with cornmeal. Spread with desired toppings and bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let baked pizza cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Check out the best slices in Brooklyn:        http://www.bkmag.com/2016/04/18/brooklyns-best-pizza-slices/

   

We Love You Wiggie!

On May 23rd, Our Classroom Mascot Wiggie

passed away at 17.

Sharing Wiggie stories, and posting new photographs of the most photogenic feline gave me such great joy!  I hope Wiggie inspired each of my students to take an extra moment to be kind to an animal. He was more than a cat, and will always have a special place in our hearts!

 R.I.P We Love YOU!

 
Test Prep Sites

Please sign into your account and complete the Food Protection Course Modules.
Please check ServSafe.com for additional study guides.
Quizlet has a helpful link- https://quizlet.com/12376152/food-handlers-flash-cards/

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