Halton Catholic District School Board

Loyola Hawks Cook Up a Storm in the Talon Cafe!

Mr. White’s Culinary and Hospitality class at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School graciously welcomed staff and guests to their first ever student led cafe. This special occasion on Thursday, January 15, 2015, marked the grand opening of the Talon Cafe!

Students in Grades 9, 11, and 12, and in the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program were able to showcase their hard work and culinary skills developed throughout the semester. Led by Jeff White, Hospitality and Nutrition Teacher, students in the Program are able to experiment with new recipes, practice at home amongst their family and peers, and bring their talents to the table.

“I love working as a team everyday,” says Taylor Hyde-Whipp, student at Loyola. “We’re learning social skills, life skills and knife skills!” Not only does the Program prepare students for a career in the trades, but it also teaches them about nutrition and how to develop healthy eating habits.

In addition, students in the SHSM Program are able to explore experiential learning and develop specialized skills for post-secondary education and beyond.

During the grand opening on January 15, various stations were set up as students cooked delicious barbecue chicken, prepared flatbread panini, chickpea salad and a variety of homemade desserts. The dishes were tried, tested and created with fresh ingredients by the students before serving to the Loyola community. Some of these dishes included Matt Piekarczyk’s Sweet, Sour and Spicy Barbecue Chicken, as well as Taylor Hyde-Whipp’s Flourless Chocolate Cake with Fresh Raspberry Compote.

Congratulations on a job well done to all of the students that helped to prepare a fabulous lunch at the Loyola Talon Cafe! For more information on the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program, visit the HCDSB Pathways and Student Success website.​​​

Read more about the SHSM Program offered at Loyola in the Oakville Beaver: Loyola Serves Up Culinary Careers to Oakville Students.