Anna Winter is about to learn extensively about fast-paced kitchens.

The Coon Rapids, Minn., native attends the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton and is working toward a culinary arts degree.

Now, she’ll head to Washington, D.C. for the summer after earning an internship with one of North Dakota Farmers Union’s restaurants.

“I’m very excited – it was one of the first things I heard about on day one of our (culinary) program,” Winter said. “I knew that’s where I wanted to go. I’m definitely nervous, but super excited at the same time.”

NDFU President Mark Watne presented Winter with a $2,000 check May 12 at the state office. The money is to help defray cost-of-living expenses over the summer.

Winter said she tends to lean toward the pastry side but is eager to learn all aspects of the kitchen. She said she enjoys the culinary arts because she likes “the combination of science and art, and putting those two together.”

“I hope to get the experience of a fast-paced kitchen in a big city like D.C. and meet new people from different areas,” Winter said.

— Chris Aarhus, NDFU