By Annah Johnson
On Wednesday, Chefs Sasha Ahmed, Wilfredo Barajas, Audrey Heckwolf, and Gilles Renusson of the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education gave back to local frontline healthcare workers saving lives in West Michigan.
Over 400 baked goods were donated by the culinary professors to the staff at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital to show thanks for their hard work on the frontlines.
The Secchia Institute has been heavily impacted by campus lockdowns and transitioned its teaching models to begin offering remote education to students enrolled in the culinary program.
With 35 students enrolled in the bakery and retail bakery classes, the professors have worked very hard to offer impactful lessons over Zoom. Students learned how to bake a variety of treats in their own homes, instead of the classroom.
As professors demonstrate their lessons in the kitchens on campus, they accumulated hundreds of muffins, brownies, cookies, bars, and pastries, but they didn’t let them go to waste.
The professors decided to share the treats with the frontline workers at the hospital to show their gratitude for all of the selfless work healthcare professionals have provided in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
GRCC is no stranger to the hospital, as it offers scholarships to students who are involved in health-related careers and is a partner in many programs on campus, including the Secchia Institute partnership with the Culinary Medicine program at Spectrum.