Guest speaker surprises hospitality classes


Senior Abigail Barnett helps guest speaker Aidan Pelish pour olive oil into tasting cups for the class to sample.

Rachel Hyde and Kayla Korneslon

On Monday, Sept. 23, hospitality teacher Jon Grommons invited guest speaker Aidan Pelish from The C.I.A. (The Culinary Institute of America) to discuss culinary school options, courses, locations, student life, and provide a sampling for his hospitality classes. Pelish brought bread and three different types of olive oil: store bought, Spanish, and Italian. Students had the option to dip bread and/or cheeses into the oils. While tasting the samples, students filled out a sheet of paper on sight, smell, taste, texture, and the conclusion. They practiced voicing their opinions on the auroma, presentation, and flavor as a group.

“It was interesting trying the different types of oils,” senior Timothy Henk said.

To encourage the students to consider culinary school, Pelish gave out free college applications. The presentation changed many students minds on their future. Some are now considering culinary school and hospitality as a career.

“I love doing this because I did not have college representatives come into my high school, and I think it is important, and it gives students an early start on finding colleges,” Pelish said.