Culinary arts students get to show off their skills for Masters

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Whether it's pimento cheese sandwiches or Georgia peach ice cream sandwiches, the food at Augusta National is a big draw for patrons.

Behind every good meal is a set of skilled hands crafting the perfect combination of flavors for you to enjoy.

Meals at The Masters tournament are no exception.

“They are the trendsetters. The level of the food that they're doing is what we dream of,” said Michelle Towler, a student at Helms College.

Michelle Towler is a culinary student at Helms College. She and 19 of her classmates will be the skilled hands and brains behind some of the meals served at Augusta National.

“People know Augusta for The Masters so being a small small part of that its a huge, big deal,” said Towler.

The students will be working alongside some of the best chefs in the world, a process that started long before the first shots go off the tee.

“Starting last fall we started offering boot camp opportunities to our students on the weekends where they came in on their own to practice skills,” said Kathleen Vosseberg, the director of culinary education at Helms College

While these students are "just students", teachers say they've got the skills to hang with the best of them.

“You just reassure them that this is what they've been working for this whole time and now their time has come,” said Vosseberg.

Their time has come, but students like Michelle know that time is limited and she's determined to make the most of it.

“As a student to be in their kitchens, to watch what they're doing it's amazing and I'm excited to be a part of that,” said Towler.

The students will be working alongside 30 other Helms College students from the Macon campus.