Alumni Stories

Desmond Fannin

Culinary Arts

Director of Culinary Training & Support, Sodexo, Inc. Culinary Solutions
The Art Institute of Atlanta

Desmond Fannin

The training and education from The Art Institute of Atlanta provided a firm foundation and equipped me with the tools to build a career in food service. Desmond Fannin , Director of Culinary Training & Support, Sodexo, Inc. Culinary Solutions Associate of Arts in Culinary Arts, 2001 , The Art Institute of Atlanta

Enjoys Inspiring Others Through Culinary Arts, Responsible for Training, Projects, Development

Desmond Fannin is the director of culinary training and support at Sodexo, Inc. Culinary Solutions. He’s responsible for training, special programs, projects, and development and says that a typical day includes meetings, travel, and even kitchen time when new recipes are in development.

He adds that career high points include being selected to travel to Paris for the Rugby World cup and to London for the 2012 Olympic games. “The feedback that I get from those I inspired along the way means the most to me.” He’s also published a cookbook.

Desmond recommends that current students understand the demands of the culinary industry. “You get out of your career what you put into it. I look at my career as my own business. There are short and long-term goals and a strategy to achieve those goals. You will have to take some risks and make adjustments.”

As he grows in his profession, Desmond sees more opportunities ahead. “The more people I come in contact with, the more opportunities—and the more people I can inspire.” He also finds strength in tough times by leaning on family and friends. “When the going gets tough, remember why you pursued a career in this field. You need outside motivation to push you as well—including personal, family, and social goals.”

Desmond, who in 2001 earned an Associate of Arts in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Atlanta, says that the training and education he received provided a firm foundation, equipping him with the tools needed to build a career. “The relationships that I built in school also helped me to stay on track and keep focused.”

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