Bellport HS Culinary Students Make a Holiday Tradition

Bellport HS Culinary Students Make a Holiday Tradition photo

Potatoes boiled on the stove as the high school’s culinary students sliced and diced the ingredients for potato latkes in celebration of Hanukkah. During the classroom assignment, students learned how food is an essential part of the holiday tradition.

Global and gourmet foods teacher Camille Masem said, “Not only did the students learn to prepare the latkes, they learned how the food is incorporated into the symbolism surrounding the holiday.” Ms. Masem noted that there is symbolism in the way potato latkes are fried to celebrate the long lasting-light that came from a small amount of oil during the rededication of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem.  

In addition to preparing the latkes, students wrote a report that answered key questions about Hanukkah’s food traditions.