In 2016, Milwaukee Public Schools implemented ProStart, a nationally recognized culinary arts track for high school students that aimed to change the trajectory for students, offer them valuable life skills and prepare them for future jobs in the service industry.
On this week’s podcast, we chat with two key players who keep the program running at Bay View High School, one of four MPS secondary education institutions who offer ProStart to students. Chef mentor and Bay View High School alum Jarvis Williams and Culinary Arts Instructor AnnMarie Sims talk us through the program, offering insights into what makes culinary education work, what students glean and how it contributes to their success. Along the way, they share stories from the perspective of chef mentor and teacher, illustrating how passion, hard work and dedication make a difference in the lives of urban youth.
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Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club.
When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.