Local restaurant gets students involved ‘in every step of the way’


Eryn Lee

Compass Rose Cafe, ran by Bibb-County high school students, reopened on Friday, October 19.

A group of Bibb County high school students are receiving hands-on culinary training thanks to a program at the Hutchings College and Career Academy.

Under the instruction of executive chef Stuart Hardy and chef Mark Robinson, 25 students in Hutchings’ culinary arts and hospitality and tourism pathways perform a variety of jobs pertaining to the food service industry at the Compass Rose Cafe.

“The students are involved in every step of the way,” Hardy said. “They cook and plate the food, they wash the dishes, they are the servers, they are the host, cashier, bathroom attendant, front house manager, sous chef — everything.”

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