SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) –Washington County High School senior Katelynn Mason attended “Culinary Camp”, a week-long culinary arts camp hosted by Sullivan University on its campus over the summer. The camp was held June 11-16, 2017. “I decided to go because I love culinary arts and thought it would be fun experience,” says Mason. According to the university’s website, enrollees are taught basic cooking methods and techniques, raw food preparation, knife drills, recipe production, tools and equipment handling, etc. “I love cooking and culinary arts because you can create anything with just the basic skills and ingredients that are around you,” says Mason. “From an old recipe to a new creation, you just have to make it your own masterpiece. And the one thing about it that make me happy the most is when you serve people your food and they enjoy it – that’s when you know you’ve made something that everyone will enjoy, and it warms your heart up to know that.”
Mason says she also fell in love with culinary arts because of her two part-time jobs at local restaurants, Mordecai’s and Star Hill Provisions. “They have given me tips and tricks to use in the kitchen, and they’ve made my culinary experience even more fun than I thought it would be. The people are so nice and fun to work with and the atmosphere of each restaurant is great.”
Mason is in a culinary course at WCHS, taught by Sarah Raikes, and is also the field commander for the WCHS Commander Marching Band, president of the Art Club and of the National Arts Honor Society at the school. “Katelyn has taken many steps to help prepare her for her career in the culinary arena,” says Raikes. “She is very self-motivated and driven to reach her career goals.” Marilyn Peters, who is Mason’s art teacher at WCHS, called her a very talented artist and natural leader. “She naturally steps up to lead both in the Art Club and the National Arts Honors Society,” says Peters. “She has a keen eye and is very creative. She has already started planning far ahead into her art for this school year and has used her creative nature to begin putting together effective pieces of artwork. She is a responsible, go-to type of individual.” Washington County Schools Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran said that the district was very proud of Mason. “Katelynn is a leader inside and outside the classroom and additionally is multitalented. It is so exciting to see a student dream of possibilities and then take opportunities to pursue the dream!”
Upon graduating from WCHS in spring 2018, Mason plans to attend Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and obtain an associate degree in Culinary Arts and become a chef. She is the daughter of Lisa and Tony Mason.