It's not your average restaurant, and these aren't your average students. They're first-year culinary majors at NMU that run their own school cafeteria. "The Culinary Caf is a way for students to practice actual experience in the kitchen," said Andrew Sear, adjunct professor. "It's also a way for them to learn how to work together as a group."
The chefs got thrown in the kitchen fire just four weeks into the school year, and they say there's more than meets the eye to a successful kitchen.
"We have a book that's probably four (hundred) or 500 pages of recipes and procedures in order to open your station, to how to use the registers, to how to bake a pizza properly the way we do it," Sear said. There's plenty of food variety to choose from at the cClinary Cafe; if you're not in the mood for a cold sandwich, you can always order a burger or a Reuben, and it's made to order. A dish you won't see on the menu? Hardly any. From sushi to waffle fries, the choices, most under nine dollars, are sure to fill up any hungry hound. And to avoid too many cooks in the kitchen, a head chef is responsible for the operation each week. From picking the specials to cooking the meat, the students do all the work and gain all the glory.
"Working with the food and working with the people like this and serving and everything, it's just great experience," said first-year student Drew Hibbard. The cafe is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Jacobetti Center at NMU.