Indian Hills students prepare an international dinner

On Wednesday night, guests at the Indian Hills International Dinner will get the chance to sample foods from around the world. But Tuesday, it was all about the preparation as IHCC's multi-cultural students cooked and prepped the meal.

Students from Japan, Germany, India, Nicaragua and more put their chefs hats on to get ready for the six-course meal. This is the second year the dinner has been put on by the International Affairs Office and the Culinary Arts Department, and the proceeds raise money for the Culinary Arts and Multicultural clubs. It also teaches an international way of thinking.

"One of the big things that we want in this area, too, is for people to understand that the world's a small place now and that they have these kids here from other countries is phenomenal to me," said Chef Gordon Rader, Culinary Arts Director. "I love to get my kids out of here and go see what other cultures have in store, where's the innovation, where's the business development, where are the innovators. We need to be innovative here in Southeast Iowa and I'm just excited about the fact that we can work together, form alliances."

At Wednesday's dinner, the students will also present their dishes and talk to the guests about their country's culture.