The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
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to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
Title: Associate Professor, Culinary Program Coordinator
Year joined CCAC: 2016
Courses currently taught:
CLR 100 Introduction to Foodservice CLR 117 Fundamentals of Culinary Skills CLR 201 Baking CLR 202 Basic Garde Manger Techniques CLR 203 Advanced Garde Manger and Charcuterie Techniques CLR 228 International Cuisine
Most memorable CCAC Experience: My own graduation from the first very CCAC culinary class in 1977. My classmates and I so much wanted to wear our chef's coats rather than the caps and gowns; however we were not allowed to do so. Instead, I walked across the stage carrying my tall, white chef's hat.
Why I teach what I teach: I always consider myself very fortunate to have found a career that I was passionate about and successful in very early in life. I remember, when I was a young cook, how hungry I was for knowledge and experience. I can attribute my success to some very influential faculty here at CCAC, people like Dan Przybylek and L. Edwin Brown, and my chef instructor Gerry Lawrence along with my supervising chef Richard Bosnjak, all of whom were very generous sharing with me. When I graduated I was named the "Outstanding Apprentice" of my class. Since then, I have tried each and every day to live up to that honor and I try to give back to the industry that has been so good to me. While I was an industry chef one of the most rewarding aspects of the job was mentoring and training young cooks-now that I am fortunate enough to do it full time, life could not be better.
Something people might not know about me: People might be surprised to know that my entire wardrobe does not consist of only chef's uniforms.
Favorite quote:My favorite is from Calvin Coolidge, "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."