A local community college is expanding its culinary arts program to keep up with the growing industry. Ivy Tech Bloomington’s newly hired hospitality chair Jeffrey Taber says the public demands better quality food. Aspiring chefs learn how to properly cut a side of beef and make sauces. Plus students learn the fundamentals that really distinguish a dish as good or great.
Among the things Taber stresses to his students are assurance, exploration of new creativity and confidence – he says those things are essential for new chefs. “Not being afraid to try something new and not being afraid to fail. If you’re afraid to fail you’re afraid to succeed,” Taber said.
The school isn’t accredited, but Taber says he hopes the program is able to get its accreditation within the next two years.