Students Cook it Up for Employers

A Doña Ana Community College (DACC) job fair highlighted Culinary and Hospitality graduates who showcased their talents for Las Cruces area employers.

The recently held graduation gala on November 29 gave more than 30 attendees from hospitality and culinary industries the opportunity to sample food, review résumés and talk to industry professionals for their businesses.

“Our students are very talented and creative,” said DACC Business Department Chair Kim Seifert. “Our culinary students came up with their own recipes and all did a great job. This is a nice way to finish the semester with a final exam that has real-world application.”

Culinary Arts students prepared dishes for potential employers to taste. The recipes ran the gamut from familiar to exotic. Michele Brown featured Italian desserts of cannoli and butter creams while Roxana Madrid prepared a smoked salmon crème fraiche tart. African peanut stew, a vegan dish was offered by Joseph Woody who said, “he saw the recipe and put his own signature improvements into the final dish.” Marissa Martinez put a twist on a southwest classic with her calabacitas bread balls.

Thomasina Yazzie who has interviewed to be a private chef in New York plated a dried squid with red pepper aioli sauce on a veggie pancake. Yazzie is not the only graduate with hopes for a new job on the horizon as Krystal Lara has interviewed for a position at the Facebook kitchen in Austin, Texas.

Other culinary graduates participating in the gala included:

  • William Hill
  • Anthony Ronquillo
  • Noah Villalba

While culinary students showed off their chops in cooking, hospitality students highlighted their accomplishments with their résumés and by visiting with employers. Students included:

  • Gina Commers
  • Betty Bussell

Seifert was pleased with the students’ efforts and with the turnout. “We will do this again,” he said. “This will be an annual event and we welcome those who hire culinary and hospitality students to come see our talented graduates.”