Make Delicious Memories at The Keeter Center Cooking School

Whether you’re an experienced cook or a kitchen novice, you’re invited to join us for a unique farm-to-table experience at The Keeter Center Cooking School.

Upcoming sessions will take place during the weekends of August 16-18 and September 20-22.

Led by award-winning Executive Chef Robert Stricklin, you’ll create inspiring recipes featuring fresh, local ingredients produced by our hard-working students at College of the Ozarks.

For Chef Stricklin, who oversees College of the Ozarks highly respected Culinary Arts degree program, the most important thing is that visitors “have fun while learning to cook and take away tips that can’t be found in a cookbook.”

Activities include a Saturday morning tour of the College of the Ozarks gardens and greenhouse, where presenters will showcase the wide variety of fruits and vegetables grown by our Agriculture students.

Following the tour, you’ll learn how to prepare a delightful starter, entree, and dessert in our state-of-the-art Keeter Center Kitchen. Culinary Arts students, including David Allison from Brno, Czech Republic, will be on hand to assist you with each dish. That means you’ll be helping our students fulfill their Academic and Vocational Goals -- just by taking part in this special event!

Allison is excited about working closely with Chef Stricklin and helping guests learn “how to cook some delicious dishes.”

After lunch in the Presidential Dining Room, guests will pose for a group photo taken by student photographer Madi Stutzman, a Business and Graphic Design Major from Clarksville, Arkansas.

Stutzman loves interacting with guests and believes the Cooking School is all about “having fun and making memories.”

You’ll return home with a keepsake recipe book and apron, so you can continue to enjoy the delicious new recipes you learned at Cooking School.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Keeter Center for this up-close look at one of the best higher education values in America.


C of O student gives cooking school attendees a tour of the gardens

Chef Stricklin adds finishing touch to a delicious plated dinner