Hospitality International Training now includes Line Cook and Desserts and Pastries programs. We serve the general population at our 950 E. Sahara Avenue site in Las Vegas, but also work with targeted populations including incarcerated youth and adults. We recently had a most successful graduation ceremony at Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center. The class of 15 student inmates worked long and hard to earn their Line Cook and Serve Safe certification. Each class member is on track for release soon. HIT will help them with placement services. If past is prologue, most of the graduates will be successful finding work in the food industry and will not reoffend.
The Line Cook curriculum completed by the fifteen honors graduates is a rigorous six-week intensive program that includes both in-depth study and hands-on kitchen laboratory experience. Topics cover segments such as basics, eggs, fats, diaries, mixing and storage, cross contamination, safety, and a host of others topics.
Serve Safe is a national certification the food industry. Chefs who hold Serve Safe certification are highly sought after by employers.
Upon graduation and release each new chef will receive a complete uniform and additional training.
Graduates and guests enjoyed chicken scampi prepared by HIT chefs Chester Strohecker, Gerald Ward, Lyndal Shirley, and Stephanie Thomas. Desserts included cookies and cupcakes prepared by student inmates at the Spring Mountain Youth Camp who had just completed the HIT Deserts and Pastries class. All cooking and baking is done under the direct supervision of qualified chefs.
Dinner dessert was followed by recognition of HIT co-founders Dr. Lonnie G. Wright and Sherrie Wright, and a hearty congratulations to the graduating class by Warden Jo Gentry and Assistant Warden Gabriela Garcia.
Internationally acclaimed speaker and author of the best seller, “Guilty, The Inside Truth,” Bonita Fahy shared her experience of having been falsely accused and convicted of a murder she did not commit. After serving several years in a Wisconsin prison, the mistake was finally corrected and she was released. But while incarcerated she took advantage of all the opportunities available to inmates. She entered prison as a high school dropout but while doing time completed a high school diploma, bachelors and masters degrees, and is currently studying for her Doctorate. Her words were inspirational both to the graduates who will soon return to society, and to HIT staff and guests.
Peter Guzman, president of the Latin Chamber of Commerce and W.O.W. Director John Collins provided further words of encouragement. and urged the graduates of move forward from being wards of the state to becoming fully employed taxpayers.
Festivities were concluded with award winning actor, director, and community activist, Antonio Fargas offering graduates heart rendering examples from his own life and struggles, and how those experiences helped him prepare for his many roles.
Hospitality International Training continues with its mission of providing an offramp to youthful offenders who are on the highway to recidivism, and moving incarcerated adults from dependency on community resources to successful taxpayers. Our program is not restricted to the incarcerated, however. The same high quality instruction is available to the general public.
For further information, contact our office at (702) 656-7764 or email Doc@HIT.academy