If you’re lucky enough to hold tickets to next week’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, you may run into Bates Technical College’s Culinary Arts students and a handful of the program’s graduates.

About 50 students and Certified Culinarians® will help provide food service in more than 40 tents, most sponsored by major companies like American Express and Lexus. Many students will log up to 12-hour days working as station attendants, kitchen assistants, servers, operation helpers, or in washing stations.

Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Roger Knapp says the group will receive the opportunity of a lifetime working at the biggest sporting event the Northwest has ever seen.

“This experience will emulate the industry. They’ll have to perform under fast-paced working conditions, consistently produce quality work, maintain professionalism, and keep standards high—all while working long days,” he says.

This unique opportunity arose when a representative from Purple Tie by Ridgewells contacted the Culinary Arts program. The Bethesda, Maryland-based company provides food and beverage services for the corporate hospitality areas of the major professional golf event. Soon, a company representative visited the campus, interviewed students after a brief application process, and assigned them their roles.

The company has catered every U.S. Open since 1993. Menu items will be farm-to-table, focusing on local ingredients.

Knapp understands the value of working a large sporting event like the U.S. Open. He was hired to work the 1984 Summer Olympics as a young chef in Los Angeles. He says that experience has stuck with him throughout his career.

Looking forward to next week’s festivities, Knapp says, “We are thrilled to give this group an opportunity to work for such a professional organization like Purple Tie by Ridgewells. Adding this experience to their resume’ will serve them well as they begin their culinary careers.”

To learn more about the food aspect of the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, check out this News Tribune article. Go to www.bates.ctc.edu to explore career education opportunities at Bates Technical College.

Please note that the Downtown Campus Cafe’ and other dining services will be closed during the week of June 15 so students can participate in the U.S. Open event. Curbside Urban Cuisine at South Campus will maintain normal business hours.