Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2015 Culinary Arts/Springfield High School graduate, Christine Fariss, is the recipient of the Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) Rising Star Female Chef Culinary Scholarship. As the recipient of this prestigious award, Christine will receive a scholarship to cover the cost of a 13-credit course load for the 2015 fall semester.
The Rising Star Female Chef Culinary Scholarship application was made available earlier this summer to 2015 high school graduates with a minimum of 2.5 GPA, and a culinary arts background. The top two candidates chosen by the scholarship selection committee met with the Director of MCCC’s Culinary Arts Institute for an interview.
Christine first became interested in the culinary field as a child when she would help prepare dinner for her family. As her cooking skills improved, she decided that she wanted to dig deeper into the culinary field and try new cuisines. Her education at EASTERN helped her to expand her cooking and baking skills and helped her to develop career goals in the culinary field.
“Receiving this scholarship is such a great honor,” said Christine. “It will certainly help financially, as well as give me the opportunity to get to know and learn from such amazing role models in this field. The Culinary Arts Institute at MCCC has an outstanding program that I knew I wanted to be part of from the first time I visited.”
In addition to this scholarship, Christine will be mentored by MCCC’s Culinary Director, Chef Francine Marz, and will have the opportunity to be mentored by members of the MCCC Culinary Arts Advisory Board. She is currently working at Greenberg’s Bakery in Oreland. She plans to continue with a career in the culinary field after graduating from college.
EASTERN’s Culinary Arts program enables students to acquire a variety of skills including soup and sauce preparation, preparation of meat, fish and poultry entrees, baking, kitchen sanitation, purchasing and inventory controls.