New Orleans High School Opens the Nation's First Full-Time Culinary Program

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The curriculum is still being worked out, but the idea is that students will get early formal training, and not only have the chance to work in a restaurant, but to potentially own one in the future. At John McDonogh and other area schools, many students come from low-income families and have low average test scores, so the program offers the teens a path to success.

"A key result is that our alumni 10, 15 years from now will own restaurants and hotels," said Digger Phelps, a former Notre Dame basketball coach and culinary program supporter. "We will make John McDonogh the No. 1 culinary high school in the country."

What do you think about the culinary arts offering? Do you have anything like this at your school? Would you want to enroll in a chef-in-training program or is the restaurant business not your thing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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