CCTEC Students Roll into Cumberland Mall for Sushi Class

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“It’s kind of like an art class,” said David Huang with sushi lover. “A hands-on art class. We just kind of teach them how everything is made and what kind of ingredients we use.” “It’s kind of like an art class,” said David Huang with sushi lover. “A hands-on art class. We just kind of teach them how everything is made and what kind of ingredients we use.”
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Sophomore culinary students from the Cumberland County Technical Education Center hopped off of the school bus and into Sushi Lover at the Cumberland Mall on Monday where they got a hands-on lesson learning how sushi is made.

“It’s kind of like an art class,” said David Huang, of Sushi Lover. “A hands-on art class. We just kind of teach them how everything is made and what kind of ingredients we use.”

From start to the plating, Sushi making is an art that takes years to master.

“I didn’t have any idea how to make sushi before,” said Lainey Mikus, a sophomore culinary student at CCTEC. It was really fun and it was interesting learning how to do it.”

Although students don’t learn much about sushi making until their senior year in the program, taking their lessons outside of the classroom has proven beneficial, according to one instructor.

“I love seeing how far they’ve come, and seeing them work independently outside of their comfort zone with their chefs,” said Jeffrey Knerr, a culinary instructor at CCTEC. 

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For some of the teens, sushi is one of their favorite foods. And for others, this is their first time not only making rolls but eating them too.

“I’m surprised I actually did good on my first try, because this is the first time I ever did it," said Ciani Green, a sophomore culinary student. "So, I was really proud of myself and I was like, 'I accomplished something I thought I wouldn’t be able to,' so I was really happy.”

On top of getting their hands filled with rice, seaweed, and seafood, the students from CCTEC also learned the proper way to eat the Japanese meal using chopsticks.

“It’s kind of nice to teach these students about the history behind it and how everything is made, so they know what they’re eating,” said Huang.

“It’s neat to see it come full circle and show the students what they can expect and how far they can come with their direction or educational level,” said Knerr.

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