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Our Culinary Apprenticeship Advisory Board


Our Culinary Apprenticeship Advisory Board

We are proud to introduce our Advisory Board, a group of distinguished chefs and hospitality professionals dedicated to your success in this important career field.

Jacquelina Brown, Cobb County School District, Supervisor – Career, Technical and Agricultural Education

Ian Winslade, Murphy’s and Morningside Kitchen, Culinary Director

Kevin Taylor, Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill, Owner and CEO, and President of Eastbeck® Wealth Management

Matthew Basford, Canoe, Executive Chef

Robert Gerstenecker, Four Seasons at Park 75 Hotel, Consulting Executive Chef

Paulette Hopkins, The Hopkins Alliance, Owner

Jeff Whitney, Event Transportation/Atlanta, Owner

Daniel New, GA Restaurant Association, Public Affairs

Beverly Holyfield, Cobb County School District, CTAE Coordinator

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Culinary Open House on April 18
Culinary Open House at KSU
Knife skills, nutrition, proper plating and presentation are only a few things students in the Culinary Apprenticeship program learn. If you have a passion for cooking and desire more than the traditional, classroom-based culinary education,... read more ❯

Culinary Apprenticeship Students Share Pasta Recipes
Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate at KSU Mystery Basket Gnocchi
Stomachs were full and palates were pleased during the Mystery Basket challenge in KSU’s Culinary Apprenticeship course. This timed test of skills showcased future chefs’ ability to be innovative — all while racing the clock. Two... read more ❯

Executive Chef Shares His Journey, Offers Advice
Canoe Restaurant
Matthew Basford is the Executive Chef at Canoe, one of our Culinary Apprenticeship sites. He values sharing his experience with future chefs to encourage them to pursue the industry. The Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate is an eight-month... read more ❯

Culinary Graduate to Open Catering Business
Chris Dargin Culinary Graduate
Chris Dargin strives to help others using his skills in cooking. Since graduating from our Culinary Apprenticeship program in 2016, he has opened his own catering business. Chris said the network he developed guided him... read more ❯

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Occupational Trends
Most Land Jobs

— The majority of our graduates have landed full-time positions in the industry.

$550 Billion in Sales

— The restaurant industry is growing strong with over $550 billion in sales annually (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

1.3 Million New Jobs

— The forecast for jobs is strong in this industry with a projected 1.3 million new restaurant jobs by the year 2020 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).