Regional Executive Chef Paul Sottile worked his way up in the food industry after starting out as a bus boy cleaning tables.
Sottile now works for Chartwells K12 , the parent company that handles the food service for the Wichita Falls ISD schools and others across the country.
Sottile gave a demonstration to the culinary arts students at the Career Education Center Friday morning, focusing on vegetables and how other ingredients or seasonings can affect the end product.
He cooked broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and carrots in three different pots, one containing salt, one with baking soda and a third with vinegar to show how alkaline and acidic solutions alter the vegetables in appearance and texture.
"To have somebody like this come in and work with the culinary students, this is a big benefit to the district and it gives them (the students) a lot of different exposure and let's them learn about the industry in different ways," said Marci Spruiell, marketing specialist for Chartwells K12 and WFISD.
Sottile also talked about the growth of the food industry and the variety of opportunities in food service.
He also had them attempt to identify ten different spices in unlabeled jars just by scent.
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