Q and A with Darren Leite, President & Co-Founder, Arizona Culinary Institute

Q and A with Darren Leite, President & Co-Founder, Arizona Culinary Institute

What are the most attractive aspects of a culinary career?

The ability to work anywhere in a creative field that has great long term growth potential.

What sector of the culinary industry has the most income potential?

The person matters much more than the sector. Their skills, education, etc. will make the difference.

How important is nutrition knowledge as a culinary professional? Is this a basic component of a culinary education?

It's important and becoming more so every day. Our Nutrition Teacher is both a Registered Dietitian and a qualified Chef.

What words of wisdom or advice would you give to recent or soon-to-be high school graduates who are interested in an institutional culinary or restaurant education? Would you recommend any academic or life prerequisites?

I would advise that they get some type of work experience, at any level, in some type of Hospitality Employment. Keep your eyes open and attitude flexible. It's a rich, rewarding career. They are many excellent Books and Magazines about the Industry and I'd recommend that they read and subscribe to some.

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