WGTC Culinary Arts students shine at The Taste of Newnan
From Staff Reports
The West Georgia Technical College Coweta Campus Culinary students won Best Overall and Best Booth for the Taste of Newnan for the second year in a row.
The Taste of Newnan is a biannual event that takes place on the Historic Downtown Square of Newnan.
“West Georgia Technical College students continue to excel academically and in the workforce,” said West Georgia Technical College President Skip Sullivan. “This event is an invaluable learning experience for our students and will help impact their professional lives.”
The students chose this year’s theme, “Back to the 70s,” menu and decorations for the event.
The students prepared a Mini Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich with Aged Cheese Wiz served with thin sliced fried onions, sautéed mushrooms and sliced jalapenos as toppings.
The sandwiches were served with a blend of Bugles, Cheese Bugles and Nub Pretzels tossed with a combination of spicy seasonings.
For dessert, the students made Caramel Popcorn Pops.
In addition to the Taste of Newnan, the West Georgia Technical College Culinary students also participate at the Taste of Carrollton, Coweta’s Dancing with the Stars Reception, Leadership Coweta Luncheon, local culinary demos as well as opportunities to cook for Dr. Sullivan and some of Georgia’s legislators.
These events allow students to show off their skills to potential employers and to receive offers for job opportunities and internships.
“I am proud of our students,” said Chef Tricia Vera, Culinary Arts Instructor. “They work hard at each event and give 150 percent all the time.
“We are a culinary family and have fun together, Vera added. “I tell my students: ‘You must love what you do and be happy doing it if you plan on doing this for life.’”
West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 100 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.