Culinary Arts program gets TV encore

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WCC culinary student Jeremy Robertson, left, and WCC Culinary Arts Faculty Derek Anders Jr. demonstrate their culinary skills live on the set of FOX 2 News. Photo by Susan Ferraro

If viewers could smell what was cooking in FOX 2 News’ kitchen recently, they’d have Washtenaw Community College’s Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management program to thank for that.

WCC Culinary Arts faculty member Chef Derek Anders Jr. and WCC culinary student Jeremy Robertson appeared on the FOX 2 News Cooking School segment to showcase and prepare one of the dishes served at the Foundation’s then-upcoming Golden Mardi Gras fundraiser.

With the help of Chef Kyle Kooyers, Executive Chef of our Fabulous Foods, who provided crucial behind-the-scenes support, Chef Anders Jr. and Robertson whipped up Pan Roasted Halibut and Lobster Tail with Jasmine Rice and Peas, Sautéed Broccolini, and Green Coconut Curry Sauce.

This isn’t the first time the WCC Culinary Arts program has been showcased on FOX 2 News’ Cooking School segment. Last October, Chef Anders Jr. served up Roasted Pork Lion with Butternut Squash Puree and Fennel Slaw.

“To be asked back to FOX 2 News is truly an honor,” Chef Anders Jr. said. “There are a vast array of restaurants, eateries, and other institutions that offer a culinary arts program in southeast Michigan, so it was a great feeling to represent our program and institution on such a prominent platform.

“We were given a wonderful opportunity to showcase the level at which we offer an enriched culinary education to the community at large.”

For recipes and to watch the segment, visit bit.ly/1oKl4LT.

This story originally appeared in the March 2016 issue of On the Record.

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