Amazonia Churrascaria currently enjoys the contributions of four chefs-in-the-making, as the restaurant’s kitchen brigade currently includes four Culinary Arts students from the local hospitality school, as apprentices.
“They bring a fresh and enthusiastic attitude,” says restaurant General Manager Hubert Solagnier, “with two years of schooling under their belt, yet it takes commitment on behalf of the staff and especially our executive chef to really show them around, spend time training and correcting, and jointly shape them into Rodizio, Brazilian Steakhouse, experts.”
The students spend time in the kitchen and in the dining room as carvers and servers, where guests enjoy interacting with the new generation of Aruba’s culinary greats.
“We feel it is very important, to take in apprentices,” Hubert states. “The local school they attend, EPI, is a fully government-accredited institution of higher learning, and it grants an Associate of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts, to qualified students, who enter the program with an accredited High School diploma,” he informs.
“Having received two to three years of college education, those students who want to further pursue a Bachelor’s Degree, usually have no trouble getting into U.S. schools,” he adds, “and with the experience they gained with us, they truly become well rounded and very knowledgeable, which is so important for us, as an island living off tourism, as our most important economic pillar,” he concludes.
Pictured here the Culinary Arts students, and Hubert Solagnier.