Club brief: The student chefs of CKHS talk about food

Cooking and community club members discuss appreciation for cooking


Sofia Redd

Members of the Cooking and Community Club finish up on one of their most recent dishes, cheese. They also clean up supplies as they go.

by Sofia Redd, Reporter

The saying ‘too many cooks in the kitchen’ applies to scenarios where too many people are working on the same thing; If there were multiple cooks working on their own respective dishes, that might not apply here. 

The Cooking and Community Club at Central Kitsap High School has a few cooks walking into Room 1201 every Tuesday; including students like Reed Sanders and Luke Hillsman. 

“My favorite food that I’ve cooked in this class is the first year I’ve joined,” Sanders said. “I made creme brulee with strawberries and fed it to a bunch of teachers and it was great, I learned how to make it there.” 

In this club, there appears to be a trend in enjoying cooking with sugar among the members. 

“Personally, I like baking pies and other sweets that we make,” Hillsman said. 

Hillsman has had previous experience cooking “actual food” (like stir fry) at home with friends; and Sanders had worked in a couple kitchens before. The club’s enjoyment for cooking serves (no pun intended) as a unifying puzzle piece. 

“It opens up opportunities,” Sanders said. “It’s what it really is, giving you the opportunity to do stuff you couldn’t do on your own with the budget of a single person. You join a club and you and a bunch of other people get to do the things that you couldn’t before.”

According to an article from Career Trend that lists reasons why people join clubs, they do so to cultivate their interests; and this club concurs that reason. 

“You just get together and do what you love,” Hillsman said. 

One prime example of teamwork is the team in question adapting to new situations. In this case, the club is expanding from just cooking at the school. 

“I know the new requirements are having us do more community outreach and a more structured lesson.” Sanders said. “It would be more fun this year, at least different now that there’s a more structured vibe to it.”

The cooking is still going to be in the spotlight; and no one needs a particular reason to do so, all one needs is the right spirit.

“What I’m excited for is that we’ll probably cook actual food for the school,” Hillsman said.

The home-cooked food made in this club will very much differ from the cafeteria food, but only some students will eat what’s made. 

“We get to cook for ourselves,” Sanders said. “We can cook whatever we want for ourselves but we can’t feed it to people who don’t want it.”