Local eatery visits, teaches Cactus Shadows culinary class

Big Earls’s Kitchen Manager Andrew Martin teaches Cactus Shadows culinary students. (submitted photo)

Cactus Shadows High School, located in the Cave Creek Unified School District, welcomed a local eatery into their culinary classroom during September.

Brooke Butler, owner of Big Earls Greasy Eats and Cactus Shadows Alumna (’08), read a CCUSD post on Instagram regarding Cactus Shadows’s new culinary class.

“This is SO COOL! If you want Big Earls kitchen manager to come in & teach them something, let us know! I wish we had this when I graduated in 2008,”  Ms. Butler commented on the Instagram post.

CSHS Principal Dr. Steve Bebee accepted her offer.

This past week, the students learned some knife skills from Andrew Martin, Big Earls Kitchen Manager.

“I am so glad we could give a few hours and help out,” Ms. Butler said in a prepared statement. “Andrew even taught me a thing or two.”

She also let Dr. Bebee know that the students were welcome to come to Big Earls to see how a kitchen is run. Big Earls also employs five CSHS students, a press release stated.

“We are so appreciative when we have alum come back and give back to our students. Having Brooke, a local successful business owner, bring her real world experiences into the CTE culinary classroom helps our students learn and appreciate what they are learning,” Dr. Bebee said in a prepared statement. “Brook’s experiences bring relevance to what is being taught. When that business owner is a former Falcon herself, that just makes the experience even more special.”

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