Rosemary_DallumRosemary Dallum’s Culinary Arts class is so popular at McAdory High School in McCalla, there is a waiting list. She loves to give tours in her newly constructed $1.2 million dollar foods laboratory on campus, and she happens to be the only Registered Dietitian teaching Culinary Arts at the high school level in the state.

“I get to use all my educational knowledge of food, nutrition and food service management while teaching a popular, state of the art subject,” said Dallum. “I love to teach students how to cook properly and to love what they cook.”

She’s also giving back to her alma mater. Dallum earned her Dietetic Internship in 1975 and her master’s in Clinical Nutrition in 1977 from the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences. Now she has Dietetic Interns in her class.

“The interns complete a one-week rotation at the school where they develop a lesson, teach a class, assist with a catering function and do a food demonstration to students,” said Dallum. 

She recommends incoming nutrition and dietetic students should learn everything there is to know about food and its impact on the body.

“All new graduates should have a solid background in clinical dietetics,” said Dallum. “Once that is accomplished, I recommend they find an area in our profession that best fits their lifestyle and passion.”

Her passion, of course, has been teaching her students to cook, and she knows she’s made an impact on them over the years.

“Many of my former students are now dietitians, chefs and working in various related food careers,” said Dallum.