I actually have a Baking and Pastry Arts Degree from Johnson and Wales University. Was cooking at the time when I decided to go to school, thought it would be cool to learn something new, plus it seemed like a good idea to be someone who knows more than just cooking. I was a bit suprised on how much stuff goes behind that part of the cooking world. Had fun going through the school, learned quite a bit and it made me appreciate this industry so much more. Also I have a Bachelor's Degree in Food Service Management, so I'm a bit well rounded in this, one would hope.
I graduated from the Baltimore Culinary college in 89 which was BICC back then. I had quite a bit of experience in the industry before I went to school, but I thought it would help to get the degree too. I learned more in the Baking and Pastry program than the regular cooking program by far. I worked in the bakery at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore's Inner Harbor while in school. I learned quite a bit especially when we were serving up to 2000 people every Sunday at the Hyatt for their brunches. Met a lot of good people in the school and had a lot of good times there.