Gaining Confidence (and Pasta Skills)

Making mushroom ravioli in pasta skills class.

I started at JWU Providence’s College of Culinary Arts last fall. At that point, I was only taking academic classes, and I was dying to know what culinary labs were going to be like! I had very little prior experience in the food service industry and was anxious and excited to see how I would adapt to labs.

During that first term, Chef Idell came into my nutrition class and invited us to sign up for a free Saturday skills class that was focused on pasta making. He explained that it was supposed to fun and would help us to get comfortable in the kitchen. I was thrilled to have this opportunity to be in a JWU kitchen for the first time with no pressure.

It was in this skills class that I used my JWU-issued chef knife for the first time. I gained so much from this class, both in terms of skill and relationships. The chefs and other students that I met that day helped me gain in confidence, enhance my skills and made me eager to start my labs.


Now I’m a sophomore. I recently returned to the same skills class and loved it — but for different reasons.

Taking this class one year later gave me an outlook of how much I’ve grown, and how much I still have to learn. I continue to do as many skills classes as I can because I feel that I learn so much from them and have so much fun in the process — whether it’s pasta making, fish tacos or a mystery box challenge. I can’t wait to see what knowledge and tasty treats the next skills class brings!

Follow Katelyn’s Instagram for more of her culinary adventures.

Want to Take a Skills Class?
This term, skills classes generally run on Fridays and Saturdays. The next group of Saturday classes are as follows:

  • Wok + Roll Wok Techniques: Saturday, November 11, CCCE 415, 10am-2pm
  • Sustainable Cookery: Saturday, November 11, CCCE 406, 10am-2pm
  • Gateaux de Voyage: Gussied-Up Pound Cakes + Milk Jams with Chefs Haas + Ferron: Saturday, November 11, CCCE 209, 10am-2pm


To reserve your spot: Email Prior to class, check the College of Culinary Arts Instagram to ensure there are no changes to the time or location.

 Making mushroom ravioli in pasta skills class.

Making mushroom ravioli in pasta skills class.