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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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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 ❯

Culinary Apprenticeship students showcase skills
Culinary Finale
Mystery Basket and Chef’s Table are two events unique to our Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate program, and our students definitely came ready to impress our taste buds! This final pair of experiences showcase the perseverance of... read more ❯

Culinary Apprenticeship Establishes Advisory Board
Culinary Apprenticeship Advisory Board
The Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate program has established an Advisory Board comprised of chefs and hospitality industry professionals. The board was formed to enhance our culinary program by helping us to evaluate and develop new program... read more ❯

Read more about our Culinary program

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).