Dennis Green II
High School Culinary Specialist, The Art Institute of Charleston
The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
My education introduced me to real world situations for my field of study, provided appropriate training, and connected me with instructors who shared my passion for food. Dennis Green , High School Culinary Specialist, The Art Institute of Charleston Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts Management, 2014 , The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
Talks with High School Students about the Benefits of a Creative Culinary Education
As a high school culinary specialist at The Art Institute of Charleston, Dennis Green II discusses the benefits of creative careers and performs culinary demos for high school students across South Carolina. Prior to joining his alma mater, Dennis worked in food prep and service for Hall's Chophouse & Cast Iron food truck.
Dennis is excited to talk with students about his passion for culinary arts—and how they can follow their own goals. “I get to give insights into my industry, different positions and talk about all types of ways to prepare food. I get to expose students to foods they never thought they would eat and I get to give them an opportunity to grow through my experience as they gain experience.”
Dennis says that his job can be challenging—especially when he meets with high school students who aren’t sure of a potential career path. “To overcome the challenge, I probe to understand where the student’s passion lies. I provide details about careers that are relevant to their passion and help to outline steps to reach that goal. I never persuade them to change their path, but open their mind to the possibility of doing something they enjoy. This helps them to make an informed decision.”
He adds that his job is very demanding and faced paced, requiring focus and organizational skills. “I have had to have a strong work ethic and self-discipline to excel. I encourage individuality but also stress the importance of following proven methods of success. My goal is to change the world, so I inspire someone to do one small thing each day to change the world around them.”
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts Management from The Art Institute of Charleston in 2014 and is grateful for the connections he built while in school. Dennis encourages current students to stay the course—even when things get tough. “Be patient and always be aware of your environment to seize the opportunity, whether it be an opportunity to learn or an opportunity to lead.”
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