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Joplin High School Annual Holiday Tea Event

Culinary arts students from Joplin High School hosted their annual "Holiday Tea" today at Franklin Technology Center.
JOPLIN, MO.--- Culinary arts students from Joplin High School hosted their annual "Holiday Tea" today at Franklin Technology Center. For one student, the event is more than just a school project. For Kyrsten Darmill, cooking isn't just about preparing food to eat.

"I'm a very artsy person. This is how you express what your style is and who you are throughout many dishes," said Kyrsten Darmill, Joplin High School Senior. 

She says the key for her is not just concentrating on one style.

"I like to explore and do different varieties. I just love studying many different cultures and their foods," said Darmill. 

The Culinary Arts Program at Joplin High School allows students to figure out what their cooking style is. 

"This gives them a taste of this business because there is so many avenues that they can go to. They could work on a cruise ship, they could work in a restaurant," said Karen Essley, Culinary Arts Teacher. 

Darmill would like to own a restaurant or a bakery, but the self taught chef would like to do some traveling first.

"Go to different countries and learn their cuisine's, so I can put my own spin on them and share what I have learned," said Darmill. 

Sharing her own style with other people.

"Like with music or with paintings, this is just a way to express yourself and be happy," said Darmill. 

Darmill will put her cooking skills to the test against local chefs in the Skills USA Competition coming in January.
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