Let’s Catch Up!

The last two weeks have been busy ending Class 30’s time in the classroom (kitchen only for the next month before graduating the program!) and the beginning of Class 31.  First, we’ll fill you in on how Class 30 wrapped up their class time, and then we’ll get into meeting the new class!

“Wow, what can I say about this week but: amazing.  We have been in test mode all week.  Time is almost up for this class, and I have enjoyed it all.  This week showed what all the hard work was for.  We have had test, test, test, and more tests!  But it is so well worth it and to see the finish line is bitter sweet.  This week we took our Nutrition and Cost test.  If you put in the time and effort, it pays off in the end!  So thank you to our wonderful teachers and the staff that pushed us along.  They have taught me not to be afraid to ask questions.  This class had brought out the best in me.  I truly see that anything is possible.  You just have to put in the work to get the right outcome!”

Bennie from Final’s Week

In the midst of Final’s Week, the students also had their final science presentations.  Short Stack Eatery stopped by with their crew and MUM was representing with Linda Ketcham (Director) and Janie Ocejo (resource specialist).  Two students presented that day.


Bennie did his on the history of Cracklin’ Bread (which if you don’t know is corn bread with pork cracklins in it-so good).  He got the recipe from his mother and told us how it has been passed down in history.  There was a learning experience involved in the baking!  We only have a giant, convection oven in the bakery, where this bread really benefits from the slow cooking of a traditional bread.  It did not negatively impact the taste, however!


Zack did curds and whey by boiling milk and then adding white vinegar to it to separate the different parts of the milk into solid fat (curds) and the liquid protein component (whey).  We spread the curds on some sourdough baked that morning and added a little jam to sweeten it up.  It’s taste and consistency was closest to ricotta cheese.


“Well, Class 31: 7 bright faces eager to learn. I didn’t get to finish the last class, so I will be sticking around for this one.  We are through ServSafe Ch 2, Management Ch 2, and Supervision Ch 1.

The first couple weeks can be called “Hell Week”-there is a lot of homework so students need to be really motivated to make it through!  I have faith in the new class.  I feel like  a teacher to the new students and can’t wait to help them along as I was helped by the class before me.  ”

Zack, on the transition to the new class

Now, let’s introduce you to a couple of the new students!

“My name is Timothy aka TJ.  I was born in Chicago and raised in Atlanta.  I’m 23 years old, and I have children and a lot of family members depeding on me, which has motivated me to come to Just Bakery and make a change in my life by dong something positive.  I’m a caring and loving young father, who puts everyone else’s needs before my own. I struggle with staying on the right path, and I also struggle with putting myself first at times.  A few of my joys in life are my kids and my accomplishments.  I see myself being successful and owning my own business within the next 5-6 years.  I want to be someone who makes a difference in the world; someone who everyone can depend on and talk to for advice.”


“My name is Reynaldo. I’m 66 years old, from Racine, Wisconsin.  I moved here from Memphis when I was 6 months old.  I had a pretty [easy] upbringing-my grandparents made my life easy.  My Grandpa died when I was in 4th grade and the time I knew him was the best years of my life.  I always wanted to be like him; he was a good role model.  My dad was hardly in my life.  I had four siblings- two are gone, and two are still around.

I like cooking, fishing, and watching T.V.  I was motivated to come to JustBakery because I love to cook and I need help with my baking skills, a degree would look nice on  a resume, and to help me get a start on a restaurant or food cart.  I want to do things with my grandkids that I didn’t do with my son.  I want to move past my past and have a more productive future.  Someday, I would like to have a companion who’ll travel with me and enjoy life.”



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