Francis Tuttle School of Culinary Arts to host Oklahoma’s hottest kitchen talent

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Some of the hottest talent in Oklahoma kitchens will be working with student chefs at the Francis Tuttle School of Culinary Arts restaurant, District 21. For its second annual Guest Chef Series, the school is going beyond mere eating and drinking and serving up some of the best culinary experiences to be had.

Chef Kathryn Mathis, of Big Truck Tacos fame, is bringing her experience and enthusiasm to District 21 to kick off the series on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. She’ll be helping students prepare a menu based on her newest restaurant concept, Pizzeria Gusto.

One Friday night per month through May guest chefs from around Oklahoma City and the state will give students and diners a peek into the foods and ingredients that inspire their favorite menus. Students will work side by side with the chefs, helping them prepare a multi-course prix fixe menu for 100 guests.
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“We want our students exposed to an even broader range of techniques and experiences with different cuisines. That’s why working alongside our guest chefs is an important part of their education,” said Marc Dunham, director of the Francis Tuttle School of Culinary Arts. “By mentoring our students, these guest chefs are helping bolster their confidence in the kitchen.”

Mathis will help students prepare an Italian-inspired four-course meal with dishes that are reminiscent of Pizzeria Gusto.

The Guest Chef Series continues through 2015 with a stellar lineup, including Jonathan Moosemiller of Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, February 10.

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Tickets are $50 per person or $60 with wine pairings. District 21 restaurant is located on the Francis Tuttle campus at 12777 N. Rockwell Ave. in Oklahoma City. All proceeds support the culinary arts student activity fund.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting District 21 restaurant, or by calling Francis Tuttle School of Culinary Arts at 405-717-4944.

Event updates will be shared via Twitter (@d21dining) and on the Facebook page.

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