Bakery Students Learn Use Of Innovative Products
Jean Sullivian, March 29, 2011
BRICK, NEW JERSEY Students in the OCVTS Culinary Arts – Baking program spent a day with representatives from Dawn Food Products, Inc. National Bakery Technicians, Hugh Goettner and Kate O’Brien, demonstrated baking techniques and commercial applications for some of Dawn Foods’ frozen doughs and pre-formed puff pastry products. According to OCVTS Baking Instructor Chef Dennis Melia, “Although we strive to teach our students to make everything from scratch, we know that in the real-world work environment they will need to be innovative and improvise in order to meet the demands of their employer. They will not always have the time or facilities to bake everything from scratch. It is important for them to know that quality products are available to them, and the proper ways to use them.”
The bakery technicians demonstrated the use of tools and techniques to use the products to their fullest potential. Students, working in teams used a variety of ready-made puff pastry products as well as icings and fillings to create turnovers, tarts, cinnamon crispies and twist rolls.
Joe Soboti, Sales Manager for Dawn Food Products, Inc. began the morning with a discussion regarding career opportunities in the baking field. There are many opportunities beyond the bakery setting for students including jobs in sales, distribution and training. According to Mr. Soboti, “there is a great need for young people in the baking industry. Many retail bakers are looking for younger, responsible individuals to step in and carry on their businesses and there is a need to fill that demand.”
Bakery Technician Hugh Goettner commented, “I am so encouraged by the participation in this program. It is great to see the enthusiasm and creativity of these students. I enjoy working with these young students; they are the future of our industry.”
Dawn Food Products, Inc. has been a longtime supporter of education and the mentoring of students in the culinary arts fields. The company donates all of the food products used during the New Jersey State SkillsUSA Culinary Arts competitions, which will be held Saturday, April 2 in Somerset, New Jersey. They also provide transportation of equipment and materials from throughout the state needed for the competition each year.
According to their website, www.dawnfoods.com, “Dawn understands the competitive value of an educated, knowledgeable workforce. Not only does our industry need skilled strategists, accountants and computer technicians, we need Team Members with advanced culinary skills in addition to food scientists and people who are outstanding bakers. All of these crucial skills require an excellent education. To help create and maintain an educated, global workforce, Dawn supports: programs and organizations that develop literacy for adults and children and vocational baking programs.”