Optimists honor Vawter-Beaird as intern of month
COUNTY<The Summit-Lake Dillon Optimist Club has recognized Matthew Vawter-Beaird, a junior at Summit High School, as the February 3Intern of the Month. Vawter-Beaird has been serving an internship at The Keystone Ranch Restaurant under the mentorship of Chef David Welch.During his internship, Vawter-Beaird has acquired several new skills, such as knife handling, sanitation procedures, preparation techniques, and fine dining methods.Vawter-Beaird1s internship is a result of his successful experience with Welch last year during sophomore job shadow day. Vawter-Beaird said he has always enjoyed cooking and is an active participant in Summit High School1s Prostart program.3The reason that I love working in restaurants and serving food to my guests is that they love it, Vawter-Beaird said. 3I love to make people happy. When you make someone1s meal and they compliment you because it is the best meal they have had in a while, it is the greatest feeling in the world. I also love to cook because it is an art, except you are able to eat it when you are done. Cooking is great because there is so much room for creativity. I hope to make everyone happy some day when they come to my restaurant.Vawter-Beaird1s goal is to own and run his own restaurant and vineyard in the Napa Valley of California someday. He plans to further his knowledge of the culinary arts through course work at Keystone Culinary Institute/Colorado Mountain College and eventually obtain a business degree from the University of Colorado.3Matt has been a great student, Welch said. 3He has consistently come to me seeking to take on additional shifts so he can learn more. He definitely does more than is required of him, and it1s really rewarding for me to see that in a 16-year-old. Matt is learning to maintain his own food station and is doing a great job of it. He is very in tune with his goals and knows what skills he wants to work on.The Intern of the Month award is a result of collaboration between Summit High School, Summit-Lake Dillon Optimist Club, Violence Prevention Initiative, Asset Builders of the Summit and Business Education Alliance. The Optimist Club presents recognition plaques to a student and mentor each month. Any mentor who would like to nominate an intern for this award should contact either Laura Dickinson or Joel Hecht, high school internship teachers, at (970) 547-9311 ext. 1194.
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