What does your role as Director for Culinary Education entail at Kalamazoo Valley Community College?
I’m responsible for developing the curriculum for a big idea, like a culinary school in Kalamazoo, become reality. There has been a lot of amazing groundwork and foundation building not only for the building, but for the coursework over the past six years. Besides designing the curriculum, I get to teach a few classes, like Food Industry Career Planning.
For me, it’s kind of like turning back the clock 11 years ago when I was given the opportunity by Greenleaf Hospitality to be a part of something new, Zazios Restaurant. In both cases, they gave me the “hardware” and assigned me to build the “software.” Right now at Kalamazoo Valley Community college, the “hardware” is working, the “software” is developed and now I have to make sure it does what it is supposed to together.