The Culinary School was the second chance that Jaclyn Stanley needed.
She learned about the program while in a work release program through the Department of Corrections. Had it not been for The Culinary School, Jaclyn believes she would still be waiting tables and not following her goal of being a cook.
“I have always worked in the restaurant industry,” she pointed out. “I have been a server, host, take-out person, and I always wanted to cook. When I saw it, I took complete advantage of it.”
Jaclyn is learning a lot from Executive Chef Tim Hunter and Chef Instructor Sean McNeice. From proper knife skills to safe food temperatures, Jaclyn is taking in as much information as she can.
“I love it,” she said. “They are great teachers. They push us to be better every day. I just love the program in general. It’s a great experience. I have learned a lot since being here. A lot that I didn’t know.”
Her favorite recipe to prepare is one she learned last week – potato pancakes.
Upon graduation in May, Jaclyn hopes to be working in a kitchen. Five years from now, she hopes to be running one.
She is thankful for the opportunity to attend The Culinary School.
“Before I would go to school and just stop going,” she explained. “It didn’t interest me, and I never really had a plan for my future. But by coming here, I feel like I am exactly where I need to be. I love the program. I love class, I have goals.”
Interested in a new career? The next class of The Culinary School in Newark and Milford begins Monday, May 14. Click here to learn more or to apply online!