Culinary Discovery Day at Mississippi University for Women will bring more than 100 aspiring chefs from eight high schools from across Mississippi on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Culinary instructor and student

Students will arrive and tour the Culinary Arts Institute at The W at approximately 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Totaling over 40,000 square feet and two stories, the new facility features multiple commercial-grade kitchens, a full-sized kitchen dedicated solely to baking, a chocolate room and a demonstration kitchen with filming and streaming capabilities.

“We look forward to meeting the state’s future culinary leaders, and are proud to have them on campus,” said Dr. Tracee Watkins, director of the Culinary Arts Institute at The W.

Junior culinary arts major Ainsley Ashcraft will provide a hands-on baking demonstration and answer questions about the life of a culinary student at The W.University admissions and student life staff will be present during the Culinary Discovery Day to answer questions about scholarships, admissions and campus social activities. Prospective students will conclude the day with a campus tour.

Visiting high schools include Choctaw Career and Technical Center, Monroe Career and Technical Center, Grenada Career and Technical Center, Clarke County Career and Technical Center, Greenville Career and Technical Center, Hickory Flat High School, Newton High School and Ridgeland High School.

This event is the first of two Culinary Discovery Days that will be hosted during the spring semester. The next Culinary Discovery Day will be March 26.

The W’s culinary program was founded in 1996 and remains the state’s only bachelor of science degree program in culinary.

About The W

Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

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