Cedar Hill Senior Interested in Culinary Arts, Community Service

Joshua Hooten hopes to open his own Tex-Mex restaurant one day.

But before that happens, the Cedar Hill High School senior plans to serve his country as a member of the Army National Guard.

“I have a commitment to service, and my scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts had a big influence on me,” Hooten said.

Hooten moved to Cedar Hill from Grand Prairie last year and has immediately enjoyed the academic opportunities at Cedar Hill High School. He’s taken classes in business, law enforcement and culinary arts.

The latter has been his favorite. He’s been able to build upon an interest that began when he was in middle school.

“My mom taught me some stuff about cooking, and then I learned some stuff on my own, through trial and error,” Hooten said.

Cedar Hill Culinary Arts Teacher Chef Kathy Boyd said Hooten played a key role during some of the program’s culinary competitions last year.

“He was a great team member,” Boyd said. “He was vocal and involved, not afraid to share his ideas.”

Hooten earned an Eagle Scout and his Eagle Scout project included renovating the athletic facilities at his church. He plans to attend college either during or after his time in the National Guard.

In addition to being a virtual scholar at Cedar Hill High School, Hooten balances it with his part-time job at National Tire and Battery in Cedar Hill.