When Payton Pugh graduated high school in June 2010, she had lots of options on where to go for culinary school.
The Winchester, Va., resident was accepted at culinary schools in California, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. But when it came time to seal the deal, she made a choice that at first blush seems a bit unusual: She came to Muskegon.
Pugh, 19, enrolled at Baker College's Culinary Institute of Michigan, 336 W. in downtown Muskegon, and is working toward an associate degree in culinary arts. She's expecting to graduate by next summer.
“I saw Baker, I saw where it was located, and I just sort of fell in love with it,” she said.
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