The Hudson County Schools of Technology (HCST) unveiled a groundbreaking initiative in culinary education with the introduction of the Outdoor Classroom Food Bus. This innovative project, unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, March 7, at the Frank J. Gargiulo Campus in Secaucus, marks a significant milestone in HCST’s commitment to providing students with practical skills and real-world experiences.

The Outdoor Classroom Food Bus represents more than just a mobile kitchen; it symbolizes a pioneering approach to culinary education, placing students in an immersive outdoor setting. Equipped with state-of-the-art culinary tools, including a grill, fryers, refrigerator, and freezer, as well as ventilation systems, a mobile generator, LCD menu screen, and a service window, the bus offers students a comprehensive learning experience in culinary entrepreneurship.

HCST Superintendent Amy Lin-Rodriguez praised the Outdoor Classroom Food Bus as a testament to HCST’s dedication to innovation, inspiration, and hands-on learning. She emphasized the importance of providing students with unique opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for successful culinary pathways.

Hudson County Executive Craig Guy commended HCST for its commitment to educational excellence and innovation, describing the Outdoor Classroom Food Bus as a shining example of how educational institutions can push boundaries to create impactful learning experiences. He expressed his excitement about the bus’s potential to provide students with practical skills and real-world experiences to prepare them for successful careers in the culinary industry.

Mario Rodriguez, HCST Food Service Coordinator and integral member of the team overseeing the creation of the bus over the past two years, shared his insights, highlighting the project’s focus on instilling an entrepreneurial spirit in students. He expressed his pride in seeing the culmination of two years of hard work and emphasized the bus’s role in equipping students with the tools they need to thrive in the competitive culinary industry.

The Outdoor Classroom Food Bus represents a collaborative effort between HCST’s culinary education program, graphic design program, and business program, fostering cross-curricular collaboration and encouraging students to apply their culinary skills in conjunction with creative design and business principles.

Overall, the Outdoor Classroom Food Bus is poised to revolutionize culinary education at HCST, providing students with unparalleled opportunities for hands-on learning, creativity, and entrepreneurship in the culinary arts.