MCCTC Bistro teaches skills, serves up cheap eats

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CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – The Bistro is tucked away in the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center.

The kitchen is the classroom for high school culinary arts students.

And for one student, working in the restaurant has already landed her a job.

The kitchen can get chaotic; there’s a lot going on. From sauteing to garnishing, culinary arts students have a lot to do.

“We do everything. Chef is there to help us, but we do it all,” said Paighton Covert, a senior at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center.

She works the line most of the time.

“When you order something, it comes back to the line, and that’s where they make your food from,” Covert said.

The Bistro is open for business again.

The restaurant is hands-on training in the kitchen and dining room for culinary arts students.

“Everything from the back to the front to getting stuff out on time, to getting it out hot and ready to go, you can’t make it any more real-life,” Culinary Arts Instructor Matt Putzier said.

Sandra Hartzell and Janet Freedy are repeat customers.

“The food here is fantastic,” Hartzell said. “The prices, you can’t get this food and service for the price that’s on that menu.”

Janet is a school bus driver for South Range and found out about the bistro from students on her bus.That was years ago. She’s still a regular customer.

“It’s important to support them and let them have a place in life, the same as we have,” Freedy said.

Linda Pennel is a first time customer, but is familiar with MCCTC.

“Our son came here to the horticultural part when he was in high school, so I support the school,” Pennel said.

Every food order is a teaching lesson for students. Chef Putzier is there to help out, but wants the students to take charge.

Paighton’s time in the kitchen is paying off; she’s already landed a job. Her dream job is to be a chef on a Disney cruise ship.

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