SCC grad and successful chef returns to school to head up restaurant

A graduate of the culinary arts program at Southeast Community College is returning to the classroom, but this time as an instructor. 

“I saw the new facilities and was pretty blown away by the amount effort they put into it and it almost made me want to come back to school just to work in these kitchens,” said SCC Executive Chef Michael Vandenberg.

Vandenberg graduated in 2008 from SCC and now he’s returning to the school as the executive chef. 

The school spent 4.2 million dollars upgrading the space for the culinary and hospitality program, which includes a high end restaurant called Course. 

Vandenberg had helped open five restaurants in Lincoln so working with new students every quarter is nothing new for the chef.

“It’s basically like opening a new restaurant every 9 weeks, it just takes a lot of preparation beforehand.”

Currently the restaurant is only open for lunch Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The menu changes every quarter when new students are brought in.

Vandenberg hopes to expand the restaurants options soon to include dinner and special events.

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