The 7th Annual Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation (HMEF) Sysco ProStart Student Invitational was held March 7 at Sysco Minnesota, which brought ProStart foodservice students from eight local high schools together to compete and showcase their talents in two different areas: culinary and management.
The Twin Cities’ most veteran culinary instructor has been cooking since the Kennedy administration. It was 1962, says Don Wood of Hennepin Technical College, when his mother decided he needed a job. “My brother was a sous chef at the Leamington Hotel (formerly at 10th Street and 3rd Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis, built in the early 1910s). My mom said to him, ‘Can’t you get this guy a job?’ You know, I was the kind of kid who had a car, but no money to put gas in it. So they put me on as a dessert boy.”
At this point, I interject: pantry position?