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Academy Director:

Jason Kester
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Chef Logan & Chef Kester


Academy Teacher Team & Schedule:

Teacher's Name====
Jason Kester====
Course(s) TaughtCulinary Arts 1
Culinary Arts 2
Culinary Arts 3
Culinary Arts 4
Period Taught5,6,7
Troy Logan
Nutrition & Wellness
Principles of Food Preparation
Culinary Arts 1
Darla Tedesco
US History AP US History
US History (honors)
4,5,6 1
Robert Milholland
World History
AP World History
Lisa Alexander
Human Geography
Mr. Holman
American Government
Mr. Pinyan

*Please upload your supporting documents in the column below for each standard.



Standard 1: Integrated Curriculum / Projects

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The Restaurant Design Project brings together Mainland's academies of hospitality, multimedia design and manufacturing technology.

Curriculum In Action:
Debra Dumas visited on October 25. Students were creating "standardized recipe" for buttermilk pancakes using Microsoft Word and good communication skills.
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Writing Recipes...
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...for Buttermilk Pancakes
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The Finished Product!

Curriculum In Action:
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Cuban Sandwich Lab
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Food Expo during "Pop-up" Restaurant
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Serving Tables during Pop-up restaurant

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Student Chef cooking during "Mystery Basket"
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Food from one of our "Mystery Basket" contests
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Small cooking groups working as a team
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Waiter's Relay Champions

Standard 2: Career Focus
Event Catering: Grades 9-12
Guest Speakers: Grades 9-12
Culinary Workshops: Grades 9-12
SafeStaff Certification: Grade 10 & 11
ServSafe Certification: Grade 12
ProStart Certification: Grade 11 & 12
Industry Guests & Workshops:
Le Cordon Bleu Workshop (10-17-13)
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Daytona State Culinary Skills Workshop (10-25-13)
Johnson & Wales Knife Skills Presentation at Mainland with Chef Adrian Barber (11-7-13)
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The Art Institute of Jacksonville Presentation by Chef Leach (11-13-13 & 11-14-13)
Le Cordon Bleu's Chef Linton presents to students (12-6-13)
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Chef Linton visits from Le Cordon Bleu

Culinary Workshop sponsored by Johnson & Wales and the NRA at Eastside High School (1-31-14)
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Daytona State Knife Skills Workshop (4-4-14)
Standard 3: Program of Study

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Participating Students have an opportunity to earn the following Professional Certifications:
  • SafeStaff Foodhandler Certification
  • ServSafe Food Manager Certification
  • ProStart Certification (sponsored by the National Restaurant Association)
Standard 4: Advisory Committee

Standard 5: Enrollment
Information pulled by the district

Standard 6: Pure Schedule
Information pulled by the district
Standard 7: Common Planning / Collaboration
Chef Kester attended the Summer 2013 Career Academy Integrated Curriculum Writing Workshop along with other academy teachers.

Standard 8: Staff Development

Chef Kester & Chef Logan attended the ProStart Instriuctor Camp at Johnson & Wales in North Miami in the summer of 2013 (6-24-13 through 6-28-13)
Chef Kester attended the Summer 2013 Career Academy Integrated Curriculum Writing Workshop
Jason Kester helped lead the Middle School Culinary Instructor Workshop (3-14-14)

District Mandatory Staff Development meetings (Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm )
Standard 9: Articulation
Chef Kester sits BCU's Hospitality Management Advisory Board

Food Demonstration at Silver Sands MS 10-31-13
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Food Demonstration at Hinson MS 11-4-13
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Attended the Volusia County High School Showcase, December 12, 2014 (Showcase Flyer)
Shadowing is provided for interested 8th graders to experience a day in the life of an AHCA student (January 10-31, 2014)

Mainland's 8th grade "Extravaganza" (1-9-14)
Standard 10: Workbased Learning
Catering, Competitions & Workshops:
  • MHS Open House 9-10-13
  • Sysco Sales Representative Meetings 10-1-13 & 10-2-13
  • Homecoming Carnival 10-4-13
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      Students prepare Buffalo Chicken Wraps for Homecoming Carnival
  • Homecoming Football Game (Pressbox) 10-4-13
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      Setting up the pressbox for our homecoming court
  • New Teacher Luncheon 10-9-13
  • New Academy Member Orientation 10-16-13
  • Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Skills Workshop 10-17-13
  • Daytona State Culinary Skills Workshop 10-25-13
  • Food Demonstration at Silver Sands MS 10-31-13
  • Food Demonstration at Hinson MS 11-4-13
  • Thanksgiving Luncheon 11-21-13
  • Winter Tea Luncheon 12-19-13
  • "Empty Bowls" Charity Soup Kitchen (12-6-13)
  • Mainland's Middle School "Extravaganza" 1-9-14
  • Culinary Workshop sponsored by Johnson & Wales and the NRA at Eastside High School 1-31-14
  • DSC ProStart Invitational Competition 2-7-1
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  • DSC Plating.JPG
  • VIPS Recognition Breakfast 2-14-14
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  • 2014 Florida High School ProStart Competition 3-5-14 & 3-6-14
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  • Phi Delta Kappa Dinner 3-12-14
  • Daytona State College Knife Skills Workshop 4-4-14
  • MHS Cross Country Banquet 4-4-14
  • MHS Tennis Baquet 4-16-14
  • Administrative Assistant's Day Breakfast 4-23-14
  • Volusia Regional Library Volunteer Luncheon 5-1-14
  • Academy of Science & Medicine Annual Banquet 5-9-14
  • Literacy Fair Concessions 5-17-14
Standard 11: Capstone Project
Grade Capstone Project
9th Nutritional Analysis/Food Chain Project
10th Drafting Standardized Recipe Project
11th Pop-Up Restaurant
12th Restaurant Design Project

Our Capstone Project is a Restaurant design project. Seniors create their own foodservice concept. They collaborate with students from our Academy of Communication and Multimedia Design to create a professional logo for the business. In addition, students collaborate with members of our Academy of Design and Manufaturing Technology to layout the physical plant.

Standard 12: Marketing
New Logo Design (at top and below)and new chef coats featuring the new logos:

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MHS Academy of Hospitality & Culinary Arts Facebook Page
Webpage on Mainland High School's Website: http://www.mainlandhighschool.org/acad/ahca/index.html

Catering for the community & press:
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Article appearing on the front page of the "Local" section of the News Journal (2-8-14)

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  • Phi Delta Kappa Dinner 3-12-14
  • Volusia Regional Library Volunteer Luncheon 5-1-14
  • Literacy Fair Concessions 5-17-14
Final Evaluation: