By Andrea Salzbrenner
Chef Instructor, DTSS
The oven is here! The Chef Training program at David Thompson Secondary School (DTSS) is delighted to announce that their brand new, two-tiered, stone deck oven has arrived.
For the past five years the DTSS Chef Training program has been fundraising for a new oven for our cafeteria program. Our program makes an effort to maintain and exceed our BC Food Guidelines for Healthy Schools, by creating freshly made, locally sourced, quality foods for our students, so we have extended this philosophy and practice into our bread making.
Having this new oven will allow our students to practice their cooking and baking skills in an oven reflective of what they would use in the industry, and at a superior quality, troubleshooting traditional bread making techniques with modern appliances for a creative bread fusion. This new oven bakes on stone decks with a round and even heat that allows us to bake with confident consistency. But not only for bread and pizza, this oven also has a deck tall enough to roast our 25 lb. turkeys throughout the year.
I am so proud of our students for the hard work they have dedicated to fundraising for the oven, but equally thankful for and humbled by the support of our local community. Combined with our own fundraising, the Chef Training program received many generous donations from local individuals, groups and organizations. This past fall, a grant from the Ministry of Education supporting trades initiatives in School District #6, afforded us the opportunity to truly make this goal a reality, and it arrived in early January.
I would like to extend my deepest and sincerest thanks to all of whom have supported our efforts in achieving this amazing oven. Our community, parents, students, staff, local businesses and industry, School District #6, and the Ministry of Education have contributed greatly to our goal.
The Chef Training program is a valuable member of DTSS and our local community, and this oven will continue to encourage our students to shine bright. With our new oven heating the way, artisan-style rye wheat buns, sourdough loaves and even pita bread, all baked by our Chef Training students, will continue to make their way to the students and staff of DTSS this winter and in the future. Thank you for your continued support of our program, our students, and our quest for great bread.