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Culinary teacher Jamie Peterson performing live cooking demonstrations for STEP students

STEP culinary class (05/08/20) Distance learning across Anoka-Hennepin is taking on a lot of different forms during the COVID-19 pandemic. From digital classrooms and learning to music ensembles meeting virtually to create music together, staff and students are finding new and creative ways to make school work.


Things are no different at the district’s Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP), where culinary teacher Jamie Peterson has been doing live cooking demonstrations for her students since distance learning began. 


Before the virtual cooking demonstration, Peterson shares the recipe and the ingredients she’ll be working with, and then students join to watch or participate at home.


From Waldorf salad to gnocchi to cheesecake, the lessons are hands-on and students ask questions and make comments along the way, according to Jessica Lipa, director of STEP. 


One of our parents emailed and said her student hasn't missed a day of (Peterson’s) classes yet, and they love the videos and watch them together and then try out the food,” Lipa said.


Check out Peterson’s cheesecake demonstration.