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Culinary students exposed to fine dining, top valley chefs

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1601 W. Main Street Mesa AZ

Posted: Monday, August 27, 2012 2:55 pm | Updated: 4:09 pm, Mon Aug 27, 2012.

Students new to EVIT’s Culinary Arts program will get one of their first hands-on learning experiences of the school year in the banquet hall rather than the kitchen.

“We found that many students coming to our program had never experienced fine dining. To fully understand the operations of a restaurant, you have to be exposed to both sides including how the guests affect a restaurant and how a restaurant affects its guests” said culinary instructor Tricia Guerrero.

On Aug. 27, approximately 140 first-year culinary students will be seated for dinner at tables with a second year student, who will talk to them about what to expect in the upcoming year. They will also be able to watch a live feed of their instructors and top valley chefs in the kitchen on a big screen while they work together to prepare the student meals.

Top valley chefs participating in this year’s first-year dinner include James Porter (Le Petit Maison), Charles Kassels (El Chorro Lodge), Josh Hebert (Posh Scottsdale), Beau MacMillan (Sanctuary Resort) and Lee Hilson (Royal Palms Resort).

Following the three-course dinner, the chefs behind their delicious meal will give students some words of encouragement and advice to help them succeed at EVIT and in their future careers.

The East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) is Arizona’s first joint technological education district. It provides occupation-specific programs for high school students at ten school districts across the East Valley. The programs are tuition-free for high school students; classes also are open to adult students at competitive tuition rates.

EVIT, which has been honored as an A+ school in Arizona, is located in Mesa at 1601 W. Main Street and 6625 S. Power Road. To register or for more information, call 480-461-4000 or visit

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