Emily Gopear: Class of 2015 (Red Land High School,Culinary)Alumni Spotlight- Dec. 2017

Emily Gopear is a 2015 graduate of Red Land high school and CPAVTS’s Culinary Arts Program. She has continued working in the culinary industry since graduating and has continued her education in this area. Emily recently visited CPAVTS to work in the kitchen with current students and share some of her gained expertise from industry. She was gracious enough to give us an update.

Here is what she had to say:

Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.

“I currently work in Culinary Arts at the Hotel Hershey.”

 

What is your job title and what do you do?

“Full-time apprenticeship. I cook between the Hotel Hershey, Hershey Country Club and the Hershey Lodge.”

 

What other employment have you had related to your program areas at CPAVTS?

“The Hershey Hotel; a line cook at Harvest, Circular, and Trevi5; and a banquet cook."

 

What additional education and training did you receive after leaving CPAVTS and where did you receive it?

“I went to the Culinary Institute of America and now I am completing the apprenticeship with Hershey.”

 

Alumni Spotlight- E. GopearDid you feel CPAVTS prepared you for this?

“Yes, CPAVTS did prepare me for this…I took everything I learned with me.”

 

How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?

“I got to do something I love and had so much fun doing it!”

 

What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“Getting to compete in the Skills USA Competition.”

 

 

 

David Long: Class of 2011 (Cumberland Valley High School, Culinary)

David Long is a graduate of Cumberland Valley high school and CPAVTS’s Culinary Arts program. Since graduating, he has continued working in his field and recently he visited the classroom to demonstrate some of his cooking skills for current students. He was kind enough to grant us an interview to touch base about where his career has taken him so far.

Here’s what he had to say:

Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.Alumni Spotlight- D. Long

“I currently work at The Hotel Hershey.”

 

What is your job title and what do you do?

“I am the lead cook in Harvest, which means I work on the cooking line and manage others working with me.”

 

What other employment have you had related to your program areas at CPAVTS?

“I worked for Bricco of Harrisburg, which is a restaurant.”

 

What additional education and training did you receive after leaving CPAVTS?

“I went to Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC).”

 

Did you feel CPAVTS prepared you for this?

“CPAVTS definitely prepared me for the culinary industry.”

 

How was Cumberland Perry different from your regular high school?

“I was given the opportunity to see the industry first-hand, and was prepared for my career.”

 

How has your industry changed since your time at Cumberland Perry as far as equipment, technology, etc.

“I was introduced to many new types of equipment and techniques at HACC and The Hotel Hershey. There are all different types of tools used in culinary.”

 

What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?

“Learning new cooking methods and techniques. Hearing Chef McGrath tell stories about his career.”