LAYTON -- Pumpkin aroma mingled with cinnamon wafted through the air along with the scents of maple and bacon.
"I loved the syrup," said Stephanie Thompson, English/communications teacher.
"I had a plate full, and I practically licked my plate clean."
Thompson was among 150 faculty and staff members of Northridge High School who consumed the edible assignments of Joy Poulson's 28 ProStart students on Wednesday.
ProStart is a career-building program for high school students who are interested in culinary arts and food-service management.
For the past 10 years, culinary students, who are juniors and seniors, have whipped out tempting and tasty dishes for Northridge High School's faculty and staff holiday luncheon.
This year, it was a brunch that included pumpkin waffles topped with buttermilk syrup, ham and three-cheese frittata, fruit kabobs, homemade cranberry granola with yogurt, maple and peppered bacon, hot chocolate and hot cider.
For the past two weeks, the students have been practicing making the recipes in class, Poulson said.
Ashley Thompson, a senior, served up hot waffles to teachers. She had sampled the waffles during class.
"I do like the taste," Thompson said.
Taylor Clifford, another senior, also was cooking waffles for teachers. He hopes to make cooking a career.
"I like to see the look on someone's face when the food is beautiful," he said.
Matthew Leoptrot not only cooks in class but also at home for his parents and brothers.
The senior said he looked forward to the annual luncheon.
"It's great fun. It's a lot of hard work, but it's a great payoff."
For Saralyn Lucas, the adult roles and financial literacy teacher, the payoff was the food.
"It is so freaking good," Lucas said. "This is one day you don't miss."