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One Degree, Multiple Possibilities: The Versatility of the Culinary Arts

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by Florida Technical College

KISSIMMEE, Fla., – Chef Luis Reyes and Karen Virguez both have a degree in Culinary Arts, but their jobs and daily responsibilities are very different. Reyes is an executive chef at Sysco, the world’s largest food distribution company. He develops and tests recipes and products to help clients make the most out of them. Virguez, also a Sysco employee, is a sales and marketing executive serving the Hispanic restaurant and supermarket community across the Central Florida region. Reyes and Virguez were the guest speakers earlier this month at Florida Technical College’s Influencers Series, which brings business and community leaders every month to the Kissimmee campus for frank conversations with students. The events are held at Zazón Café, a college-owned restaurant run by culinary arts students and instructors. “The possibilities of a career in the culinary industry are endless,” said Reyes who got started in the business as a busboy in a restaurant in Puerto Rico. “From sales and marketing, to recipe and product development, to distribution logistics and management, these are all areas in which companies use the skills of individuals with culinary arts degrees.” Virguez, added that food companies, such as like Sysco prefer people with a culinary background in those positions because of what she calls the “relatable factor”. “After the economy crashed in 2007 Sysco hired realtors in sales positions,” Virguez said. “The rationale was that they know how to sell. What a person with a culinary background brings to the table, which a realtor may not have, is the ability to relate to the customer through the knowledge of food. Sure, being able to sell is good, but being able to help the customer select the products that would best fit his or her needs and satisfy customers based on food knowledge is even better.” Both food industry pros shared valuable advice with FTC students on how to be relevant and successful in their industries and successful. Chef Reyes stressed the importance of reading to stay current on trends and changes in an ever-evolving industry. Virguez encouraged students to document their culinary creations with pictures and recipes and organize them in a portfolio, which then can bring with them to interviews to impress potential employers. She also advised that salaries should always be negotiated to ensure that pay is commensurable to the market pay range. With six campuses statewide, including four campuses in Central Florida – Kissimmee, Orlando, Deland and Lakeland – Florida Technical College offers diploma, associate and bachelor degree programs in various fields as well as in the culinary arts. For information about upcoming Influencer Series events and speakers, follow FTC on Facebook at FloridaTechnicalCollegeFTC.     About Florida Technical College: FTC offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and diploma programs in a range of professions, including healthcare, computer networking, graphic design, criminal justice, culinary arts and cosmetology.  FTC campuses are located in Orlando, Lakeland, Deland, Kissimmee, Pembroke Pines and Cutler Bay. Founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields. Program Availability varies by location. Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program is available at www.ftccollege.edu/disclosures.html

Influencer Serie – Road to Success

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

Raglan Road Irish Pub Executive Chef, Heberto Segura, to Talk About the Road to Success at Florida Technical College   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                Contact: María Isabel Sanquírico Mobile: 813-420-2922 June 5, 2017 Eleven 11 Communications ORLANDO, FLA. –Heberto Segura, Executive Chef of Raglan Road Irish Pub in Disney Springs, will have a frank conversation with Florida Technical College students about how to grow in the food business and pitfalls to avoid, in June’s Florida Technical College’s Influencer Series. The monthly event, to be held on June 8, brings students and business leaders together to share advice and ideas to foster professional and individual growth. Segura got his start in the business working in the kitchen of a South Florida steak house while pursuing a degree in arts and psychology, which he soon changed to culinary arts. He has since worked in Boca Raton, Las Vegas, New York, St. Maarten and Anguilla with positions ranging from chef and culinary consultant to restaurant developer. He has traveled to Europe and trained with prominent Irish Master Chef Kevin Dundon at the Dunbrody Country House in Wexford, Ireland. “I am passionate about learning,” Segura said. “To stay relevant and competitive in this business, you can’t stop learning and innovating once you get a diploma. I look forward to discussing that with FTC students and to answering all of their questions about how to succeed in this exciting industry.” Restaurants are an intrinsic part of Florida’s vibrant hospitality industry and are an important economic engine that generates $40 billion in sales every year, according to the National Restaurant Association. Restaurants are also a major source of employment in our state, where almost one million jobs are directly linked to the food industry. Many of those jobs are right here in Central Florida, which boasts 5,400 food-serving establishments, making the region a great place to get into the food industry. “There is demand for well-trained and educated food workers in our region and across the state,” stated Gabriel Garces, FTC Kissimmee Executive Director. “We strive to provide students with the best culinary education they can possibly get so they may have the best shot at success in this field. That includes learning about food and the industry in a classroom setting, practicing in an industrial grade kitchen, and entering food and cooking competitions to stay at the top of the game when under pressure.” In addition, FTC’s culinary arts students have a venue for training and development at the school’s Zazón Café. Here, students gain valuable experience in a real restaurant setting. Zazón Café is all about fresh, flavorful ingredients and mouth-watering American and Latin American fare. Chefs and students combine tradition and experience with creativity to offer a unique, exciting culinary experience. Florida Technical College’s Culinary Arts and Baking and Pasteleria diploma programs are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission, the largest and most important professional organization of chefs and cooks in the nation. About Florida Technical College: FTC offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and diploma programs in a range of professions, including healthcare, computer networking, graphic design, criminal justice, culinary arts, and cosmetology. It was founded in 1982 to provide private, post-secondary education in specialized fields. FTC campuses are located in Orlando, Lakeland, Deland, Kissimmee, Pembroke Pines and Cutler Bay. Program Availability varies by campus location. Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended our program available at www.ftccollege.edu/disclosures.html