Coffee County Central High School Culinary Arts department would like to say a huge thank you to The Manchester-Conference Center for their support and mentoring they provided this school year to our Hospitality and Tourism career path program. General Manager Rebecca French came several times to Culinary III classes starting in September to Personally interview students and to give them tips on soft skills, interviewing techniques and job application helps. She hired four of our high school students to invest time in expanding their skill sets and the work environment.

The culinary classes host a fine dining Christmas dinner for the school board each year. This year was especially good because the center’s Executive Chef Christian Pennington provided professional advice on how to structure the banquet menu. He also came the night of the dinner and brought Kullin Douglas (CCCH senior apprenticing under Christian for over a year) to mentor student Banquet Manager Allie Robinson and student sous chef Anna O’Connor with cooking methods and time management.

Additionally, Mrs. French provided professional decorating advice that was extremely helpful. We were especially thrilled also that Christian worked with FCCLA culinary competition team to mentor and assist them on their cooking event. He met with the team after school to practice with them. We are excited to see how they will perform at competition using his tips. Because of their tremendous help the culinary department has a fresh take on this year upcoming with competitions, service project, and events. Mrs. French and Chef Pennington were invited to serve on the Culinary CTE Advisory Committee.


Becki Louden

CHS culinary teacher