GREENVILLE, NC – North Carolina Focused on Increasing Education, Leadership, and Dignity, NC FIELD, organized a culinary workshop for Poder Juvenil Campesino (PJC) farmworker youth at CPW’s Fine Foods & Spirits on Sunday, June 24, 2018. PJC farmworker youth from various towns in eastern North Carolina, such as Kinston, Pink Hill, Snow Hill, and Beulaville participated in this workshop. In a safe and relaxed environment, farmworker youth learned about techniques and basic cooking methods used to prepare dishes by Head Chef Eric Beamon.
Alongside Chef Eric, PJC youth had a unique privileged to step inside a restaurant kitchen to prepare a dish. PJC youth were educated on proper food safety, basic pre-preparation techniques, and cooking methods. Chef Eric also voiced to PJC youth about career opportunities in the restaurant and foodservice industry.
NC FIELD believes that education is a window to get out of poverty. However, for many farmworker youths who live in rural areas, they often do not have role models or resources to support them to continue their education and to seek alternative careers outside the dangers of manual labor.
As youth sat around the table, enjoying their prepared dish, they learned about Chef Eric’s career journey. PJC Youth were able to connect to the risks and challenges he’s overcome in order to pursue his passion for culinary. It was an amazing and educational opportunity for PJC youth to learn that through hard work, commitment, and passion one can achieve their goals. Chef Eric is currently the head chef at CPWs where he has worked at for a few years.
It was a scintillating workshop with lots of fun and learning. PJC youth seemed happy after attending the workshop and looking into planning another one! Such workshops for youth are a great way for youth to learn new skills and network with potential role models.