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2015 August 24 - 08:51 pm

Teen Hopes To Bake Her Way Into College

Student Sells Treats To Save Tuition Money for Culinary Arts Program


SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — Saving for college tuition starts in the kitchen for a local teen who aspires to one day have her own bakery.

Emily Schultz, 16, of Cleveland, is spending the summer baking and selling her treats at the Sheboygan Farmers Market each Wednesday through a partnership with her summer employer, The Hickory House Food & Spirits. She gets to use their commercial kitchen to do her baking and, in turn, she waitresses for them on weekends, Sheboygan Press Media (http://shebpr.es/1NJqg- Wm ) reported.

This entrepreneurial spirit is driven by her goal to save money to attend Lakeshore Area Technical College’s Lakeshore Culinary Institute next fall after she completes her final year of homeschooling with her mom, Deanne Schultz.

An associate degree in culinary arts from LTC requires 70 credits of coursework over four semesters, according to their website. In total, tuition and book costs will be $13,286.

Emily started working at The Hickory House a year ago as a dishwasher because, at the time, she was too young to work in the kitchen. Now, in addition to waitressing, she does some work as a line cook, The Hickory House owner Kristine Kielisziewski said in an email.

“We’re trying to teach her how to be an entrepreneur,” Kielisziewski said. “This is our first year at the market, and hope it will turn out to be a wonderful venture for both Emily and The Hickory House. She is a wonderful young lady with a good head on her shoulders and a hard worker, which is pretty rare in kids these days.”

Deanne said Emily’s work experience at Hickory House really showed her how a restaurant works from back to front.

It was at The Hickory House that she really got to practice baking professionally and provided further motivation to someday run her own business, but baking has always been part of her dream, she said.

“I wanted to open my own bake shop ever since I was able to pull a chair into the kitchen and help my mom out,” Emily said.

Her mom said this started at about age 3 or 4. She said if Emily heard her in the kitchen, she would stop playing with her toys and hurry to see what was going on.

“Sometimes at that age, helping isn’t always helpful and there wasn’t much she could do, but she would sit and watch,” Deanne said. “To me, it was just an early indication that she was interested in cooking.”

Deanne home-schools her children, which allows her to incorporate Emily’s culinary aspirations into lesson plans. In the past, she required Emily to make one meal a week of a recipe of her choice as a way to include cooking in her lesson plans, Deanne said.

Over the years, Emily took cake decorating classes at Wally’s Studio & A Piece of Cake in Sheboygan Falls, as well as several cooking tutorials at Blackwolf Run in Kohler.

Emily has also been that designated cake-maker for special family occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and other holidays, her mom said.

Although she is a little nervous about the transition from homeschooling to college, she’s looking forward to improving her skills.

“I’m somewhat nervous, because I’m not very social,” Emily said. “But I’m excited to start actually learning new techniques and stuff like that.”

Information from: Sheboygan Press Media, http://www.sheboygan-press.com

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