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Bonnabel High gets a new student kitchen

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Bonnabel High's new ProStart kitchen Bonnabel High's new ProStart kitchen

Kenner, La. - Bonnabel High School unveils its new commercial grade kitchen.

It's part of a nationwide program called "ProStart." It's a two-year curriculum offered to juniors and seniors.

Interested students can learn how to work in and manage a restaurant kitchen.

Alice Franz Glenn, Executive Director of the Louisiana Restaurant Association's Education Foundation, says, "it's really designed to deliver them straight into the workforce. One of the requirements for a certificate of achievement at the end of the two year curriculum is 400 work hours, so they're actually working and able to have a job while in high school, learning all of the techniques."

Bonnabel's 1,400 square foot new ProStart kitchen includes six cooking stations and a six burner Vulcan range. There is also a 400 square foot bakery with two convection ovens. Students say the new space allows more kids to work comfortably at the same time.

The Louisiana Restaurant Association funds 40 ProStart programs across the state.

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