Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2015 Culinary Arts/Springfield High School graduate, Christine Fariss, is in her second year at The Culinary Arts Institute at Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC). She also works as an Hors d’oeuvre Chef for the Manor at Prophecy Creek Park, a popular and scenic wedding venue located in Ambler, PA.
Having achieved a place on the MCCC Dean’s List each semester, she is now a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the National Honor Society for Community Colleges. In 2015, she received MCCC’s Rising Star Female Chef Culinary Scholarship. After obtaining her Associate degree from MCCC, she hopes to join the United States Coast Guard as a Cook, or to continue pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts.
Christine first became interested in the culinary field as a child when she would help prepare dinner for her family. As her cooking skills improved, she decided that she wanted to dig deeper into the culinary field and try new cuisines. Her education at EASTERN helped her to expand her cooking and baking skills and helped her to develop career goals in the culinary field.
“EASTERN helped me prepare for college by providing me with a great base knowledge of a commercial kitchen – providing me with me a huge edge over my classmates who hadn’t gone to a career and technical high school. Because of this knowledge, I was able to gain confidence in my skills in the kitchen,” said Christine. “EASTERN helped shape me into a well-rounded cook.”
EASTERN’s Culinary Arts program enables students to acquire a variety of skills including soup and sauce preparation, preparation of meat, fish and poultry entrees, baking, kitchen sanitation, purchasing and inventory controls.