Chef Dawn Viola, winner of Food Network’s Cooks vs. Cons, shared professional and healthy living advice with students at FTC Kissimmee Cooking nutritious recipes with fresh products, free of artificial additives, is the guiding principle of Chef Dawn Viola´s life and business. The Central Florida chef, who won the Food Network’s Cooks Vs. Cons competition earlier this year, recently visited FTC Kissimmee to share professional and healthy living advice with students. “Education is the cornerstone of my success as a professional chef,” Viola said. “Make good use of your time here. Do something that scares you at least once a week. Challenge yourself. It’s a great way to learn about food and about yourself, and to grow.” On July 20, 2017, Viola was the special guest of FTC’s Influencer Series, a monthly event open to all students and the public at large that features business and civic leaders from Central Florida as keynote speakers. She started her cooking career in a rather unconventional way. Ten years ago, while working as a copywriter and a documentary producer, she was diagnosed with severe allergies to a long list of foods. Viola set out to study culinary arts and nutrition for her own survival. What she discovered in the process left her stunned. “We think that the amount of calories in a dish or whether there´s fat in it is very important,” explained the chef. “But the list of ingredients in that dish or product is even more important. If you cannot pronounce half of the ingredients when you start reading the label, put that product back on the shelf. That could be the reason you can’t lose weight or why you have health problems that you can’t explain. ” Chef Peter Vossenberg, FTC´s Director of Hospitality Programs, said that Viola represents the versatility of a culinary arts degree. She is an executive chef with Tupperware, where she develops recipes that can be prepared with Tupperware products. Viola is also a successful entrepreneur. Additionally, her company, This Honest Food, educates and empowers people to eat and live healthier. “A degree in culinary arts has hundreds of applications,” Vossenberg said. “We teach our students to think out of the box, dare to innovate, and do new and different things with the skills they are acquiring. Chef Viola is a testament to the fact that there are many possibilities.” With six campuses statewide, including four campuses in Central Florida, Kissimmee, Deland, Orlando and Lakeland, Florida Technical College offers diploma, associate, and bachelor’s degree programs in various fields, as well as culinary arts. For information about upcoming Influencer Series speakers, follow FTC on Facebook
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Get up to $5,000* per student for Culinary Arts or Baking Programs until June ! (Only applies to our June 2017 Start) FTC offers a Hospitality Scholarship for any student enrolling in Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastelería Programs. Qualifying recipients will receive up to $5,000* per student, up to the amount of tuition and fees charged to the recipient. To qualify for the Hospitality Scholarship in the first academic year, a student must meet all of the following criteria: • Begin attending Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastelería program at FTC with a start date of June 5, 2017, • Submit a 250-word essay answering the question: If you could provide a culinary service to a community non-profit organization, who would you pick and why? • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0, • Must remain continuously enrolled in that diploma program for the entire academic year. • Be current on all financial obligations to FTC. To qualify for the Hospitality Scholarship in any subsequent academic years, a student must also meet all of the following criteria: • Achieve satisfactory academic progress in the applicable diploma program. * This amount may be prorated if incoming transfer credits were applied or the student paid a discounted tuition amount. Additionally, a student may not be awarded for more than one scholarship during the program; i.e. Hospitality Scholarship and Alumni Scholarship. Save The Dates : Hospitality Scholarship Event Date: Friday May 26, 2017 Time: 10 am to 4 pm Date: Tuesday May 30th, 2017 Time: 1 pm to 7 pm Address: 3831 West Vine Street, Kissimmee, Fl 34741 Phone:407.483.5700 Come and learn how you could qualify for a scholarship of up to $5,000 per student, spots are limited, please RVSP NOW! Disclaimer FTC will determine whether a student qualifies for the Hospitality Scholarship at the end of each academic year. A qualified student will receive the Hospitality Scholarship in the form of a retroactive disbursement not to exceed the amount of tuition and fees that was financed by debt and charged to the student for the applicable associate or bachelor degree program, after first applying any other institutional scholarships, grants, or other awards to the student’s account. FTC will not issue refunds to a student as a result of receiving a Hospitality Scholarship. Rather, the Hospitality Scholarship will be proportionately reduced to avoid a resulting credit balance. Applications for this scholarship are available at the Financial Aid Department. Completed applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid Department prior to the end of the first academic year. Awards will be based on applying and meeting all qualifying criteria. Please contact the Financial Aid Department for further information. Subject to change. Check catalog for updates.
If food is your passion, you have probably considered taking cooking classes or even attending and completing a culinary degree or diploma program. Cooking is a hot career and foodies are everywhere. Even if you only want to be a better home cook or learn culinary arts as a hobby, you are not alone. The foodie culture has been growing for years—surveys show there have been steady increases in sales of specialty foods and increased viewership for food and cooking shows. This growth in food and cooking culture means that more people are trying to figure out how to be better at it. People who love new food experiences don’t just want to go out to new restaurants; they also want to learn how to be better cooks and figure out if they want to become professionals in the culinary arena. If you’re thinking about how best to learn how to cook or how to be a better cook, you have a lot of options. From weekly food and recipe subscription boxes to cooking shows and magazines, the choices abound, but have you thought about a real culinary education? What You Get from a Real Culinary Education Not every cook or chef went to culinary school, and there are many, many great home cooks who are also self-taught. So, why should you spend the time and money on cooking classes? Teaching yourself or learning through a mentor are possible ways to learn how to cook, but these won’t give you everything a real, structured education can give you: Skills, not just recipes. Being a good cook, and eventually a great cook, takes more than simply being able to follow a recipe. It requires learning skills that make up the foundation for being able to follow a recipe. In classes you learn culinary techniques that you can’t get from a recipe, things like how to julienne vegetables, how to boil pasta the right way, how to debone a fish, and how to measure dry ingredients for baked goods, just to mention a few. A professional vocabulary. You could attempt to julienne those carrots as the recipe directs you, but what if you don’t even know what the word means. Cooking comes with a vocabulary that is totally different from everyday language. With professional cooking classes you will learn what it means to blanch something and what a meringue is. Real kitchen confidence. In so many industries you can fake confidence to seem more competent, but in cooking you actually need to know how to do things. If you can’t deliver, you can’t succeed as a cook or chef, or even convince your family you can put together a great dinner. To get real confidence in the kitchen, confidence that means something, you need to learn how to cook. Life-saving safety training. There are many things in the kitchen that can make you sick or even kill you if you aren’t careful. If you want to get more involved in cooking, you need to know how to do it safely. What you get from a true culinary education that you can’t get from books or TV shows is instruction in how to prevent cross-contamination, how to handle a knife safely, and how to sanitize and disinfect. Can’t I Just Learn Culinary Techniques Watching Cooking Shows? There are so many cooking and food shows on television now, including more than one network devoted to them. And, yes, these shows can give you some great tips and tricks, but if you don’t have a solid foundation in cooking basics, you will struggle to put them to use. For instance, if your favorite cooking show host tells you to fold the egg whites into your batter instead of mixing it in, do you really know what that means? What about an Apprenticeship? Some cooks and chefs learn their trade by working their way up the kitchen ladder, usually starting as dishwashers. This is definitely a valid way to become a professional cook, and there are some truly great chefs who learned this way, but it is not the best option for everyone. One downside to learning through an apprenticeship rather than cooking classes is that you have to start at the bottom and you’ll have to prove your dedication and skills to move up from there. Not everyone has the ability to take a low-paying job, especially if you are hoping to learn how to cook as self-improvement rather than for a career. What You Can Do with a Real Culinary Education When you learn how to cook through a culinary arts program, you get a professional education that can lead to a number of careers as a cook or chef. Cooks work anywhere food is served, from schools to restaurants and hotels. Cooks may also work their way up into the management of any of these types of service areas. By taking cooking classes you put yourself in a position to work as a line or prep cook, a sous chef, a pastry chef, and potentially one day an executive chef in charge of an entire kitchen. Having learned culinary techniques through a diploma or degree program, you’ll also be prepared for a career that you create yourself. Cooking goes hand-in-hand with entrepreneurship and even freelancing. You could work as a freelance personal chef, or even buy and start up a food truck. Other interesting careers for culinary professionals include recipe tester and developer, food writer or critic, butcher, or a food buyer for an upscale grocery store. Growth in the Culinary Industry Whatever career in food you choose, you will be entering a growing and exciting industry. People are more interested in food than ever, how to cook, where food comes from, organic foods, vegan foods, and much more. This means that there are more opportunities for anyone with a culinary education than ever before, a growing trend that shows no signs of stopping. […]