As our ninth Culinary Apprenticeship program draws to a close, we caught up with our newest instructor, Sadie Kennedy to talk about her career in the field and her excitement to pass on her knowledge to students over the past few months.
Sadie received a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Florida International University and her Associate of Culinary Arts from The Culinary Institute of America. After college she was hired by for Intercontinental Hotels, Hyatt hotels, and Bella’s Italian Café. For the last 19 years, she has been self-employed. Her café and catering business, Fancy Pantry, is in Alpharetta.
Cooking has always been a part of Sadie’s life. She grew up in the Bahamas and her parents owned a small hotel. It was in the hotel kitchen where Sadie not only learned how to cook but fell in love with it.
When asked what inspires her cooking, she had only two words: “Fresh ingredients.” Sadie’s favorite aspect about cooking is, “making people happy through tasty food.”
She has taught cooking classes in the past but this will be the first time teaching at a university. This chef is passionate to start teaching this course and welcomes anybody who is interested in learning more about cooking. She looks forward to not only working with students but mentoring them.
“There is so much to learn with food, and it is awesome to learn everything you can in a university setting so that you can go into the outside world and grow professionally,” she said.
In the classroom, students are taught the basics of cooking including knife skills, how to making sauces, creating foods with different ingredients, and using their knowledge in a commercial kitchen. Sadie wants students to know that in their career they should expect, “to enjoy every day at work, because you are making people happy through food.”
Her advice for any students interested in taking this course? “Take it now — don’t wait!”