The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
The Art Institute of Charleston has a passionate group of instructors and administrative staff who love what they do and are dedicated to helping students succeed. The Art Institute of Charleston is a place where students, from any given starting point, can learn in an encouraging and engaging environment. Christina Perry , Culinary Instructor , The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
I always loved teaching and training people in the professional kitchen environment. The transition to the classroom is a natural progression in my career as an industry professional.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
Working in a professional commercial kitchen is much more difficult than the culinary classroom. School is an opportunity for students to practice and perfect their skills before entering the industry.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
In Latin Cuisine we make tortillas several weeks in a row. It takes practice to perfect the texture, consistency, uniformity, and flavor. The only way to learn anything that you want to be really good at is practice, persistence, and the unwavering desire to keep trying.
In what way do you inspire students to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?
I approach critiquing a student’s work by telling them that it’s not a reflection on them as a person. My feedback is their chance to strive to be better and continually challenge themselves.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
Teamwork is an essential component of every successful business. A creative collaboration is far more interesting, because it represents many different perspectives and contributions. The end result will be something much greater than one person could ever do alone.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Nothing will be handed to you. You have to want it. You have to fight for it. You have to be passionate about obtaining your goals, always striving to improve and grow in your industry.
What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?
If you continue to put yourself out there and push past your fears, your possibilities are limitless.