Students cater event to honor San Diego teachers

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The San Diego Unified School District announced its teachers of the year.

While the evening was meant to honor teachers and the difference in students’ lives, some high school students were also in the spotlight. They were hired to cater the big celebration at Patrick Henry High School.

In this class, they learn about organization, leadership, customer Service and running a business. Their lessons aren’t from textbooks, but straight out of the kitchen.

“We’re expecting about 300 to 400 people. It’s not as nerve-wracking as the competition I was in,” said Morse High senior Robylene Seapno.

Seapno has become really good in the kitchen that she got to compete in the state culinary competition.

“The dessert made was a layered cake with mascarpone cheese,” said Seapno.

The students are from two different high schools. Morse and Garfield High. Each school prepared up to 8 different appetizers and desserts. Dishes such as mushroom strudels, prosciutto-wrapped melon and Ensenada-style shrimp cocktail.

They’re not learning in Home Ec. They’re a part of the Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management class at their schools. This is not their first big event.

“We do a number of events for the district plus we go to other schools. We do their dinner theaters. We do their football banquets. We do some non-profits,” said Morse Culinary instructor Sara Smith-Piatt. “We now get so many requests that we actually have to turn down as many as we do.”

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