Culinary Brigades - Ecole La Ruche
The Culinary Brigade program, which is based on basic techniques and the principles of a healthy diet, is broken down into 24 workshops. Throughout the year, the brigades face various challenges and have to compete with one another. During this interview, students were taking part in the #2 Challenge: The Healthy Snack. The winner this time around was the Orange Brigade with its energy balls, made up mostly of dried fruit, oats, dates, sunflower seeds and honey as a binder.
In the 2016-2017 school year, the culinary brigades are being offered in 80 secondary schools, to some 1,600 youth in after-school programs, and in 16 regions throughout Québec at a cost of $60 per registration. According to Marilyne Proulx, Student Life Leader and Culinary Brigade Supervisor, and Sébastien Lefebvre, Head Chef, “The culinary brigades are nothing but positive. The program is very well organized and the tools are helpful and easy to work with. Over the course of several weeks, participants go from making fruit salad to scaling whole fish”. They both agree that it’s a turnkey project!
The program was implemented at La Ruche three years ago. The first year served as an introduction to the program, and it’s been a resounding success ever since. There’s even a waiting list for participants. Take Victoria Ruf, for example; she enjoyed her first year so much that she signed up again this year! Cooking has been a part of her life for a number of years now. The culinary brigades allow her to expand her knowledge and culinary techniques. She mostly cooks at home with her mother, and in so doing, shares nice mother-daughter moments. Who knows where this might take Victoria, and what impact this positive influence will have on her life? The one thing Victoria’s parents know for certain, is that she’ll eat something besides “Kraft Dinner” when she’ll have her own apartment!
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May 17, 2017 at 09:17AM
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