Nation's First Full-Time High School Culinary Program Opens

With a strong assist from former Notre Dame basketball coach Digger Phelps, John McDonogh High School is planning to offer New Orleans' first full-time culinary arts program for high school students.

Beginning next fall, about 100 sophomores from across the city will enroll in the program, which will begin with three weeks of mettle-testing at Cafe Reconcile to make sure students are committed to the fast pace and hard work of the restaurant business.