ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Central New Mexico’s Culinary Arts program wants to keep up with how the industry is evolving, and food trucks are the “next big thing.” As it turns out, the newest truck serving Albuquerque is actually a classroom for some students.
“The reality of a brick and mortar building, it’s a huge investment for students to overtake…the food truck industry is a great way for students to get their foot in the door, try it out and see,” CNM dean Donna Diller said.
It’s also a new way to serve students in a growing department. Earlier this year, CNM added extra kitchen space and courses to keep with the now 600 students enrolled, making it the biggest culinary school in the state and a national competitor.
Student Greg Fason took the class to learn the business side of things.
“The operation of the food truck itself, the licensures you have to get to get the truck up and going,” Fason said.
Instructors hope more people will show passion like his, and that the program will expand.
“This is our first truck, trying to add at least 2 more in the next year, and add a commissary and hopefully roll it out to more and more students,” instructor Scott Clapp said.
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