The Culinary Arts program of Westside Works is hosted by Levy Restaurants, the food provider in Mercedes Benz Stadium. Levy prides itself in positioning their students for success in the service industry and their newest program instructor Latisha Rodgers, is making sure they will leave their Culinary Arts institute more prepared technically and professionally than they ever dared to imagine.
Latisha Rodgers, also known as Chef Tish, is a native of Detroit, MI and a US Navy Veteran with over 20 years of combined experience in the food service industry. Her culinary arts journey began while she was stationed in Gaeta and Sicily, Italy. Latisha began to cook professionally shortly after and now can certainly tell you everything you need to know about Italian cuisine. She has certificates from Le Cordon Bleu Atlanta in baking and pastry. She also has an associate degree from Le Cordon Bleu Scottsdale and has been a farm to table chef for the last nine years. Latisha has further crafted her skills by working with metro Atlanta restaurants including Café Istanbul in Decatur, The Ritz Carlton Buckhead, Ford Fry/Rocket farm restaurants, and the eclectic SOS Tiki Bar.
Chef Tish is sharing her global culinary experience with the Westside Work’s Culinary Arts program. The six week-long program teaches culinary techniques such as knife skills, mise en place (everything in its place), industry terminology, food service safety and sanitation, as well as concrete employability skills. Culinary arts program participants can also work with local community programs in the garden to table movement Participants can earn both Servesafe Food Safety and Sanitation Manager certification. Job Placement and career opportunities are provided for graduates. Want to get started? The next program session is scheduled to begin in March.