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Students learn to cook remotely

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Washougal High School student Samantha Mederos learns culinary arts remotely.
Washougal High School student Samantha Mederos learns culinary arts remotely. Photo Gallery

WASHOUGAL — Students in Chef Brenda Hitchins’ culinary class at Washougal High School recently took on the challenge of finding ingredients in their own pantries to create a meal.

“The assignment was to find three food items in their pantry or refrigerator to make a dish out of,” Hitchins said. “They would then share pictures, provide a self-evaluation and an audience evaluation. I was pleased at how they took the challenge and made items that they felt comfortable with.”

The students are learning remotely during the statewide stay-at-home order. Hitchins said teaching online hasn’t been a walk in the park. Some students don’t have the ingredients they need, and there have been the occasional technical difficulties. She created a YouTube channel to upload video demonstrations.

Margaret Rice, Career and Technical Education director, said she has seen more collaboration than ever among teachers during the school closure.

“Teachers are challenging each other, seeking consultation on streamlining curriculum and learning concepts … in a very short period of time,” Rice said.

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