International students at Ernest Manning High School were treated to a spectacular feast in December. EMHS’s own Culinary Arts program catered the International Student Holiday Luncheon this year in true EMHS style. Ernest Manning culinary students, along with their Red Seal certified teacher chef, Rob Champ, and chefs Robert Demuth and Gillian Roberts, prepared and served a traditional Canadian Christmas dinner for the international students during lunch time on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. The meal was complete with all the extras like cranberry sauce, stuffing and gravy, which was expertly ladled out over top of a cloud of mashed potatoes.
Ernest Manning High School hosts over 65 students from 14 different countries around the globe.
“Every year, treat the international students to a traditional meal to share a piece of our culture with them. It’s important to help them feel at home here, because when students feel comfortable and confident, they flourish.” says Amy McGilvary, the International Student Coordinator at EMHS. With a robust Culinary Arts program in the building, the opportunity for serving and catering skill development for Ernest Manning students is always welcome.
Students said the “icing on the cake” was literally the icing! Or perhaps it was the cake pops, Christmas cookies, and tarts that were expertly prepared by Chef Adolpho Scollo and his pastry students. The international students left the event feeling full, and thankful for their chance experience Canadian cuisine, and a world-class education in Calgary at Ernest Manning High School.