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Culinary

Bring your talent to the table.

If you want to enrich the world with your talent for creating amazing cuisine—or ambience—start by experiencing everything from kitchen skills to international flavors.

Ai Teams Face Off in Emmi Roth Contest & Tour

On June 20, six Ai teams recreated their signature cheese dishes for a panel of judges in “America’s Dairyland.” Find out who shredded the competition!

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Program Areas

Charleston Baking & Pastry School

Baking & Pastry

Rachel Shelton

Digital Photography , 2013

The Art Institute of Colorado

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Use your talent and passion to turn desserts into works of art. You’ll explore everything from plating to preparing confections to managing a commercial kitchen.

Charleston Culinary Arts School

Culinary Arts

Rachel Shelton

Digital Photography , 2013

The Art Institute of Colorado

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Starting with fundamentals like kitchen tools and culinary techniques, you’ll explore more than 20 of the most popular international flavors and techniques.

Charleston Culinary Management

Culinary Management

Prepare to run both the kitchen and the front of the house, using your passion for food and your head for business to create a memorable dining experience.

Meet Our Faculty

  • Andrew Allen

    Andrew Allen

    Digital Photography

    "My goal is to have students create a beautiful and interesting world, filled with good design."

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    Andrew Allen

    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    Being accepted into the High School of Art & Design in New York City validated my talent. Being surrounded by classmates who shared my dedication and passion was just as important as the skills I learned, and it all carried over to my career as a graphic designer and photographer.

    How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

    Students enjoy real-life anecdotes—both my professional successes and my mishaps. My business experiences help give my students a clearer vision of the industry and open their eyes to opportunities they may not have realized before. Quick example: I tell students how I can create artwork in Charleston, digitally send it to Quebec, Canada, and have the finished printed material shipped to New York, all the while meeting the client’s deadline and expectations.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

    I enjoy giving a photographic assignment to students, asking them to “imitate” a famous photographer. They pick from a list of well-known artists and tackle an image. They learn how to do “hands-on” research correctly, understand how an image was created, and produce a realistic rendition of it. They learn about history, exposure, lighting and style—and how to communicate visually and articulate their choices.

    How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

    I encourage students to collaborate with their peers through interdepartmental activities and assignments. Photography students gain confidence and skills working alongside Fashion and Culinary students as subjects or models, or by documenting their apparel or their dishes. Those students learn how to product-shoot in the studio, how to take a portrait, and also to photograph on location. They all benefit from seeing each other’s creativity and learn teamwork.

    What’s your one piece of advice for a student embarking on a creative career?

    Students come to school because they’re passionate about what they’re studying. My advice to them is to learn how to cope. One thing I can guarantee is that things may not always go smoothly. But the ability to cope, along with patience, will give you a better opportunity to succeed in all aspects of life.

    Anything else you’d like to share?

    I’m passionate about teaching. I believe my purpose is to help students gain confidence and to nurture their talents. My goal is to have them create a beautiful and interesting world, filled with good design.

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  • David Pendse

    David Pendse

    Culinary Arts

    "It sounds simple, but a sense of urgency is critical in the hospitality industry."

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    David Pendse

    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    When I was in high school, I had a part-time job in a local ice cream shop and deli. I was fascinated watching my co-workers making ice cream from scratch, slicing meats, and making soups. There was something about it that made me feel alive and inspired.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

    At the beginning of each quarter I assign students a personal project. I simply ask them two questions: What is a sense of urgency? And how do you use that as a student and in your personal life?

    How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

    In my Senior Practicum Course in Culinary, students basically go through the steps required to open their own restaurant. Throughout the process, they interact with students in Fashion, Graphic Design, and Photography.

    What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

    My teaching style can be summed up like this: Creativity and time management. I believe time management is one of the most relevant skills needed to be successful in all aspects of life. I try to develop those skills by challenging students to create realistic goals to meet daily objectives. It sounds simple, but a sense of urgency is critical in the hospitality industry.

    Anything else you’d like to share?

    Every course is different, but every day my focus is the same: a hands-approach to learning through cooking demonstrations and teaching both classic and modern techniques.

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  • Marjory Wentworth

    Marjory Wentworth

    Digital Filmmaking & Video Production

    "Creative thinking skills are quite simply problem-solving skills for life."

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    Marjory Wentworth

    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    As a college student, I wrote a poem that wrote itself. It felt as if I was a vehicle, but I wasn't driving the car. That's when I realized the power of writing in a way I never had before.

    How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

    I teach creative writing occasionally, so that’s the most direct connection I make with students. I also do a great deal of public speaking as both a writer and the poet laureate of the state, so much of my advice in that area comes from personal experience. And much of what I teach in Professional Communication comes from years of working in the public relations field.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

    I assign a poetry project that lets students choose material of interest to them; their grade is partly determined by their creative presentation of that material. I’ve been astonished by what they accomplish—from books to pianos to scrolls.

    What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

    I care more about how they treat one another than almost anything. I want them to be good citizens in the world...to care about learning for the sake of learning. I want them to develop analytical skills that they can apply to all areas of their lives. Creative thinking skills are quite simply problem-solving skills for life.

    What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

    Follow your bliss. Any writer or artist knows that they greatest joy in creativity is the process itself...the rest is frosting on the cake.

    Anything else you’d like to share?

    Students need to know that you care about them and their success deeply.

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