What is cooking for O.J. Martinez of RCHS?
Red Canyon High School senior O.J. Martinez is one of those talented few who can make a delicious meal look like an amazing creation of art. Martinez will begin the culinary program at Colorado Mountain College after graduating in May.
He became interested in the culinary arts after seeing a friend cook at Chaps in Vail, and after taking a few high school courses offered on the subject. He will gain experience in his field with academic classes and hands-on training in resort kitchens.
According to the CMC’s curriculum, classes will hone in on cost control, nutrition and computer applications in addition to the classical foundations of various types of cuisine. Martinez will work in the apprenticeship property’s kitchen. The culinary program runs nine consecutive semesters for three years. However, it’s not a full-time program, students work and earn wages in area kitchens during their studies.
Martinez entered Red Canyon his freshman year when the school opened.
“Red Canyon is better than Battle Mountain ” it focuses more on learning,” he says of the smaller environment that, he says, helped him understand new concepts better. His advice to younger students is to “get your high school credits as soon as possible.
sible ” get it done,” he says. The faster the credits are earned, the less stress a senior has during that last year of high school, he says. Martinez credits his parents with telling him to always work hard. Red Canyon High School Principal Wade Hill says he has high hopes for Martinez.
“O.J. has really found a passion in cooking,” Hill says. “He has participated in several classes here at Red Canyon and I think those classes helped spark his desire to pursue a career in the culinary arts field. He’ll make a great chef.”
So what is Martinez’ favorite dish to prepare? Fettuccini Alfredo. And why? Because “it is easy and good,” says the budding chef with a smile.
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