Registration open for chef-taught culinary workshops

| September 5, 2017

COSHOCTON – Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is “cooking up” a new opportunity for the culinary enthusiast, home cook, or entry-level food service professional. The Community Culinary Creations workshop series will kick-off with “Oodles of Noodles,” on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. at the COTC Coshocton campus (Montgomery Hall), 200 North Whitewoman Street, Coshocton. Participants will prepare homemade pasta and sauces like a pro; learn to knead, cut, roll and fill ravioli and other varieties of pasta. The workshop includes all materials and training by Chef Matt Russo, COTC culinary science program director. The workshop fee is $65 per person, and registration is available online at

“While the workshops are offered at the college and by the college, there are no college degrees and no exams associated with this culinary experience; just fun times, taste tests and a take-what-you-make experience,” said Vicki Maple, vice president for workforce development, community affairs and extended campuses at COTC.

Additional workshops in the series are: “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” on Sept. 21 and “Soup’s On: Serving Up Soups” on Oct. 5.

“We learned of a casual interest in the culinary arts and sciences in Coshocton, and recognized that many, myself included, do have hidden desires to be home chefs; to impress our friends and family with our fancy food skills; to learn how to pair certain things or take fresh produce from the garden or farmers market to the table in a unique and tasty way,” Maple said. “Experience the workshops with friends, your partner, or your children, and prepare to impress your friends and family during your next gathering or upcoming holiday party.”

The Community Culinary Creations workshop series is presented by the Workforce Development Innovation Center at COTC. Contact Vicki Maple for more details at 740-364-9565, or visit the website at

The WDIC develops customized training programs and tailored technical courses that provide innovative, strategic solutions to specific challenges within business and industry; helping their workforce to develop the skills, knowledge and abilities they need to succeed. Customized contract training ranges from technical skill enhancement and safety certifications, to soft skills development and preparation for professional designation exams.

COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.

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