Ms. D'Amico's Culinary Arts Class
The photos below are a compilation of wonderful work and accomplishments of the students that participated in my culinary class at The School of Cooperative Technical Education from 2016-2022. I am beyond proud to have served young people at this New York City Department of Education supported program, and would be happy to share information to anyone who may need resources to enroll. The main campus is located on E.96th Street in Manhattan. I am presently teaching Culinary Arts at George Westinghouse High School, located in downtown Brooklyn. Please feel free to follow me on the social media
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CULINARY ARTS CLASS
The School For Cooperative Technical Education
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.
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
The Soulful Taste Of Good Food!
We Celebrate The Colors, Sounds, And Flavors Of African-American History
Fall favorites coming right up
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
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.
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.
in the Workplace
Seasonal Scents and Flavors
Fractional Slices of Pizza
Recipe of the Month
Roasted Butternut Squash
Recipe of The Month
Sicilian Pizza Dough
Preparation 10 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 30min
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
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.
Stir in flour, salt and oil. Beat until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.
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/