Agora - Experiential Learning
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Learn to cook at The Chopping Block, Chicago's largest recreational cooking school! The Chopping Block has two locations, Lincoln Square and Downtown Chicago. Join us in a week long workshop, a combination of The Chopping Block’s Teen Boot Camps 1 & 2 where students will learn the basics of knife skills, menu planning, and organizing prep work. We wrap up the week with an iron-chef cooking competition!
Faculty: Madame Ashley Cox fell in love with the French language during her first day of high school French class in small-town Ohio (and with food long before that). She fell so hard for French, in fact, that she ended up pursuing a B.A. in French from Indiana University and then an M.A. in French from The University of Wisconsin-Madison (go Badgers). She then fulfilled a dream she’d had since that first day in high school French class and spent two years in Paris, France working as an English instructor at Université Paris X-Nanterre. Her travels then took her to New York City, where she taught both English and French at a private language school in Manhattan. She joined the St. Benedict community as secondary school French teacher in 2013, and one of the most fulfilling and exciting parts of her job was being a part of the Culinary Agora group in 2014. Just like the French, Mme Cox cooks and eats with passion and can’t wait to join a new team of aspiring chefs and fellow gourmands for Agora 2016
Jean Hybinette is an alumna of St. Benedict High School and continues to have the privilege of teaching at St. Benedict Preparatory School. She has earned her B.S.B.E. from DePaul University. She has received numerous awards for her teaching excellence and contributions to the school, including induction into St. Benedict Hall of Fame, Benedictine Award, and Teacher of the Year 2012. She teaches the study skills and technology courses.