Local Teacher Receives Runner-Up at 8th Annual CAFE Leadership Conference


Sarah Smith of Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo was a runner-up in the Idaho Potato Commission‘s 8th Annual CAFe’ Leadership this past July.

The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) recognized foodservice educators in the 2012 CAFe’-Idaho Potato Commission Innovation Awards at the 8th-annual Leadership Conference of the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFe’) at The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio, Texas.

Smith’s students learned product development and marketing by designing, creating, testing, and packaging a line of bottled and dry-packaged sauces to sell at a local farmer’s market.

Winner Cary York of Kentucky’s project, Meet the Nutrition All-Stars, is a nutrition book for children developed by her culinary-arts students.The exercise ensured the students understood the nutrition unit in order to package the information so a child could understand and learn it.

“The Idaho Potato Commission is dedicated to sharing foodservice knowledge and skills with beginning culinarians,” says Don Odiorne, IPC vice president-foodservice. “Teaching innovation can mean reaching them faster and with greater comprehension.”