Guam – Santa came early to the Guam Community College Culinary Arts kitchen this year.
When the students return from break, they will be prepping their food on color-coded, non-skid cutting boards. Under their feet will be non-skid rubber safety mats, all courtesy of the Micronesian Chefs Association.
“GCC is always there helping out the association with its events, and we thought this was a great way to reciprocate,” said Chef Peter Duenas, MCA president. “They really need these mats and cutting boards, and we want to help the program,” he added.
[ L – R: Norman Aguilar, GCC Tourism & Hospitality Dept. chair, Gordon Mizusawa, MCA; Ken Stewart, MCA/Tools of the Trade; Chef Paul Kerner, GCC instructor; Bertrand Haurillon, MCA; and Chef Peter Duenas, MCA president, display the new cutting boards and rubber floor mats MCA donated to the GCC Culinary Arts program on Dec. 18 in the GCC kitchen.]
MCA acquired the 40 cutting boards and dozen or so mats with help from Tools of the Trade, a local hospitality and health care products distributor, according to Ken Stewart, Tools GM and a member of MCA. The items totaled approximately $2,500, and MCA delivered them to the GCC kitchen on Wednesday, December 18.
“These cutting boards are state-of-the-art,” said Chef Paul Kerner, GCC Culinary Arts instructor. “The color-coding prevents cross-contamination of food, and the non-skid feature provides more safety for our students while they are cutting the food. The mats are an added safety feature, because the floor of a kitchen can get very slippery,” he noted. “This donation helps our program upgrade to professional standards. We are very grateful to MCA for their partnership and their awesome support.”
[GCC Culinary Arts student Aaron Paul Ocampo unwraps one of the new rubber flooring mats donated by the Micronesian Chefs Association to the Culinary Arts program on Dec. 18 in the GCC kitchen. MCA donated $2,500 worth of floor mats and state-of-the-art cutting boards to the GCC program.]