Culinary arts students from around Merced County and Chowchilla got a quick glimpse of their possible futures on Thursday morning.

Nearly 100 students from Golden Valley, Merced, Buhach Colony, Pacheco and Chowchilla High Schools visited the Merced College campus for A Taste of Foods and Nutrition.

Put on by the Food and Nutrition Program, students learned how to become a registered dietitian and how to analyze the sugar in popular drinks, food safety, a quick muffin-baking demo and sample and a discussion with Fresh Seasons Café head chef Caleb Reemer about the profession while sampling his butternut squash hash with poached egg and fresh salsa.

Accompanied by current food and nutrition students, each group rotated through four 20-minute sessions.

“Overall we felt it was a success,” Foods & Nutrition Professor & Coordinator Michelle Pecchenino said. “Many students were not aware of our program and are considering it as they approach graduation.”

For more information on the Food & Nutrition program click here.