The first grads of Lil’wat’s culinary arts program: slideshow

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Just before Christmas, I sat down with Paul Charron to hear about this 14 week culinary arts program he was teaching. His story was pretty inspiring to me – and reaffirmed this theory I’ve been developing, that has played out as I’ve written this column for the Question over the last 3 years – that when people have the courage to face and deal with their tough stuff, they end up being able to be of service to the world in a beautiful way. (As in: working on your stuff isn’t selfish. It literally helps everyone.)

I wrote his story for my column in the Question this week.

His care for his students was so palpable.

He invited me out to Big Sky, where they’d turned the pro shop into a teaching kitchen, to meet the students. They were just 6 weeks in to the program, that was modelled after a Level 1 Chef course, and geared towards giving them the foundational skills to gain employment in the F&B industry. I chatted to a couple, they fed me lunch. I returned 8 weeks later to watch them graduate.

I wrote about them in a story for the Pique this week.

But if you’re one of those who believes that a picture is worth a thousand words, then just watch this slideshow, of photos taken by Chef Paul Charron.

These are the AFTER photos – taken after they’d transformed into kitchen wizards.

Congratulations to Ada Dan, Gage Gabriel, Rosanna Jim, Shania Gabriel, Devon McKay-Pascal, Laytin Williams, Veronica Joe, Lorissa Andrews, Ashlee Henry-Sam,
John Reyburn, Larah S. Peters and Maggie Wallace.

Can’t wait to see what you get up to next.

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