A state restaurant industry association has recognized a Roseburg High School culinary arts teacher for her leadership and work in educating students about the industry.
Sheri Carson was named Oregon ProStart 2018 Teacher of the Year by the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association. ProStart is an industry-supported curriculum used by Carson that teaches students culinary and management skills needed by restaurant, hospitality and food-service employers.
“It feels good,” Carson said, about winning the award. She added that it is her job to help students.
Carson received the award on March 18 at the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Education Foundation’s statewide student competition, the ORLAEF ProStart Invitational, held in Salem.
Carson oversees the school’s student chefs as they spend several months preparing for the competition, which requires a team of four students to prepare a three-course meal under the time limit and using only two burners. A panel of 15 chefs judges the results of the teams.
Roseburg’s team was a bit short-handed this year, with only three students, and went over the time limit. But the judges commended Roseburg’s team for not giving up under the pressure.
The chef competition is one of a number of culinary experiences designed to get students who are enrolled in a hospitality, tourism and recreation course ready for real-world jobs or culinary school. The students also prepare meals at Douglas County Fairgrounds events such as the First Citizens Banquet.
Carson has taught culinary arts courses at Roseburg High school for 20 years, and has a number of other duties including division leader of career and technical education.
A press release issued by the association said that Carson tells every one of her students that with hard work and determination, they are well equipped to grow from the challenges they are presented with, both personally and professionally.