PVCC Culinary Program Utilizing TVs in the Classroom
TVs in PVCC culinary classroom
Some Charlottesville culinary teachers are sharing their skills with the help of new technology.
Piedmont Virginia Community College's culinary program now has new flat-screen TVs that are making all the difference for their students. School administrators say they may be the only culinary arts program in the region to use this new technology in the kitchen
Before, culinary students had to look up at mirrors to see what the chef was cooking - but that's not the case anymore. The program's new flat-screens are making cooking demos a lot more interactive and fun.
"It's a much superior way to go ahead and demonstrate," said Eric Breckoff, associate professor of culinary arts at PVCC.
"It's really easy to see the different things that chef is preparing," said Alex Hollis, a culinary student.
There are two cameras on the ceiling and two different TV monitors so there are several possible shots. PowerPoint presentations can also be easily pulled up on the screens.
"We can show the same image on both, we can show different camera angles, one on each, and we can zoom in and out depending on what we want to show," said Breckoff. "Most of our students are visual learners so I think this really resonates.”
It's the recipe for success for these students.
"I find it a lot easier to prepare the food and see exactly what he wants from us and what he expects from us,” Hollis said.
This month, PVCC is hosting free informational sessions about the culinary arts associate degree program. The next one is next Saturday, April 26, at 10 a.m. at the Jefferson School City Center in Charlottesville.
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