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February 20, 2024 3:48 PM

Culinary capstone event tests students in real-world setting

Conestoga’s School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts will host a capstone event at the college’s Waterloo campus on April 18 where graduating students will prepare and serve small plates of food for guests to sample and enjoy. This public event provides a unique opportunity to experience the latest trends in cuisine while interacting with students.

The School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts will host a capstone event at the college’s Waterloo campus on April 18.

The Final Course is a culmination and application of the skills and knowledge students have learned through two years of study. The event also acts as a final exam with students graded on their service, presentation and culinary skills.

“Putting our students in a realistic environment where they can showcase their learned skills in front of guests is a great example of the kind of experiential learning we strive to provide,” said Shannon Rea, program manager, School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts.

“We’re really proud to show what our students are capable of, and we encourage those interested to register for and attend this event. The inaugural event last year was a big hit, and we’re planning to make this year’s bigger and better.”

Guests will circulate through the main floor of the Waterloo campus and sample bites from 40 student teams.

Culinary Management students will prepare a meat, seafood, or vegetable terrine with accoutrements as well as small plates, while students in the Baking and Pastry Arts Management will showcase their hand-dipped and moulded chocolates, and a variety of pastries and tarts.  

Admission is $25 for students and $75 for all others. Event proceeds will be directed to student scholarships. Visit the event listing to purchase tickets and learn more.

Conestoga’s School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts is a leader in culinary and hospitality programming that prepares students for successful careers in Canada’s tourism industry. The Waterloo campus is home to its state-of-the-art culinary skills labs and student-run Bloom restaurant.