ACC Culinary Students Get Real-World Experience in Campus Restaurant

Student Mark Cornish prepares Hawaiian pulled pork sandwiches in the kitchen for Le Bistrette.

Students in Austin Community College’s Culinary Arts Program don’t just learn about the culinary industry – they put their knowledge to work in the college’s state-of-the-art kitchen lab.

Culinary Arts hosts student-run restaurants as part of its curriculum. Summer students are showcasing their skills at Le Bistrette, a lunch café located at Eastview Campus (3401 Webberville Rd., Room 3158).

“Our program is able to replicate exactly what our students will experience in their careers after graduation,” says Chef Sandi Pepper, chair of the Culinary Arts Program. “Le Bistrette gives them experience creating menus, multitasking in a fast-paced kitchen, managing a restaurant, and serving patrons.”

This is the first year Le Bistrette opened during the summer, in order to accommodate increased enrollment.

“This industry is not just stable – we’ve seen a lot of growth,” says Chef Pepper. “A wide variety of students are responding to that, from recent high school graduates to people looking for a change of career.”

Monday, July 23 will be Le Bistrette’s final day of summer operations (view the menu). A dinner bistro will open this fall. The Culinary Arts Program student-run restaurants are open to the public. Gratuities are not accepted, but patrons are encouraged to fill out comment cards to assist students in the learning process.

For more information about ACC’s Culinary Arts Program, visit

View more photos of Le Bistrette on the college’s Flickr page: summer 2012 and spring 2012.

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