A culinary culmination: The LCC winter term banquet

EUGENE, Ore. - A symphony of sounds sets the scene for what may best be described as organized chaos.

Lane Community College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Students hold a dinner near the end of every term to experience the challenge of organizing a large scale service, and show off some of their newly learned talents.

However, students are not flying completely solo. Chef instructors keep an ever watchful eye as they prepare the meal.

Chef Instructor Chris Crosthwaite tells KVAL that enrollment for the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program at Lane Community College significantly increased 3 to 4 years ago.

"People were rethinking, retooling ... 'What can I do to make myself more economically desirable?" explains Crosthwaite, "Couple that with the excitement generated on TV with the Food Network and all the myriad of cooking shows that make cooking and being a chef real sexy, and people want to get on board with that."

Crosthwaite says numbers have consistently remained high, leading him to believe the increase in interest to be more than just another trend.

"When it comes to time to actually execute for the customer it is often very, very stress inducing," says Chef Instructor Chris Crosthwaite,"So part of our job is to help mitigate that stress as much as possible by helping them to be organized."