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Culinary High School’s Kitchens Haven’t Worked Since Summer, Officials Say

(DNAINFO) Maya Rajamani | December 3, 2016 — Students at the school normally learn how to cook and train for culinary competitions in the kitchens.

The city’s only culinary high school has been without working kitchens since the summer, leaving students with “no idea why they are there,” officials said.

All six of the kitchens at Food and Finance High School at 525 W. 50th St. were up and running when the school turned them over to the city’s School Construction Authority in June, said Nan Shipley, chairwoman of a nonprofit called the Food Education Fund, which funds the school.

After the SCA carried out work that included fixing the kitchen’s grease traps, however, the kitchens were no longer functional, Shipley wrote in a widely circulated email Tuesday.

Students who attend the school, located between 10th and 11th avenues, normally learn how to cook and train for culinary and scholarship competitions inside the classroom-kitchens, she noted.

“Our students are being deprived [of] their rights,” she wrote. “Our freshmen have no idea why they are at the school.”

Five of the six kitchens are currently out of order, and the sixth can only be used on a limited basis, Chalkbeat reported.

On Tuesday, the school’s Twitter account — which says it’s run by the Food Education Fund — implored the city’s Department of Education to fix the kitchens.

Source: Culinary High School’s Kitchens Haven’t Worked Since Summer, Officials Say – Hell’s Kitchen & Clinton – DNAinfo New York