Outstanding CTE Program Award


Culinary Arts – Ryan Mattheis & Esther Skinner

Deer Valley USD

In Fall 2018 Chef Ryan Mattheis and Chef Esther Skinner began to share ideas on how to enhance the Culinary Arts Facility to best serve the school, community and provide an authentic learning experience for students. This would provide students the opportunity to move into high skilled, high demand careers. The chefs had a vision, one far beyond a banquet room, coffee shop, or casual restaurant. They wanted to transform the space into a fine dining restaurant open to the public that would become a hub in the school. Builders designed a state of the art instructional kitchen, and an industry standard restaurant line. One year later the ribbon cutting ceremony would take place. Avenue 27 Restaurant is now reality. Organizational events included the Maricopa County School Superintendents Forum, District wide Meetings, Private Parties, Business Dinners etc.

Students compete and win scholarships for post-secondary education thru many competitions and CCAP Harvest Moon Event. Some Corporate Sponsors are: JW Marriott, Westin, Square One, GCU Hospitality and Texas Roadhouse. The environment of the program, created by the teachers, has become a place that students call home. You will find students working in the kitchen day and night to perfect their skills. The Barry Goldwater Culinary Arts Program offers opportunities for all serving all populations and embraces diversity. After graduation, students are encouraged to enroll in university. community college, trade schools and other restaurant programs. The students work alongside professional chefs and participate in FCCLA and CCAP. The students receive officer training thru West-MEC.