Hometown: Barriere, BC
Program: Professional Cooking certificate
Adjusting to a classroom environment was tough for Lynnette Proulx. "I've spent a lot of time outside, and having to adjust to sitting in class is hard, especially the first week every time I came back [to Sask Polytech]." The trick, she found, was to have something to keep her hands busy.
Thankfully, as an apprentice cook looking to obtain her Red Seal certificate, there were lots of opportunities for Lynnette to keep busy: preparing food, developing recipes, entering contests. "Some people might think it's not worth going to school to learn to cook because we just follow recipes. Well, it's worth it! I learned more on the techniques of cooking that I didn't even know existed – the better way of doing certain tasks and the understanding of what actually goes on when food cooks, chills and rests."
The Lytton First Nation member loves providing delicious food to the residents at the special care home where she works. "There is no reason people can't have the food they enjoy," Lynnette says. "I care for the residents and like preparing meals for them."
"There is no reason people can't have the food they enjoy."