Wilson Lui

Culinary Management

Culinary Faculty, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Charleston
The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Wilson Lui

My education helped to prepare me for a career by teaching the correct techniques and an understanding of international cuisine. Wilson Lui , Culinary Faculty, The International Culinary School at 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

Culinary Faculty Member, Helps to Run QB Cam Newton’s Food Truck

Wilson Lui has been in the culinary industry his entire life—his family owns restaurants and he’s worked in both the front and back-ends of restaurants including a P.F. Changs franchise. Today, he’s employed as a culinary instructor at The Art Institute of Charleston, preparing lesson plans, gathering resources for instruction, and teaching a five-hour class. “I discuss techniques, topics, and cuisine culinary concepts. Three-and-a-half hours of the course are spent allowing the students to cook dishes that are on the menu of the day.”

While he had a culinary background before coming to school, Wilson says that his education taught him the correct techniques and understanding of culinary arts and management. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts Management from The Art Institute of Charleston in 2014 and found that his love for culinary led him to become a culinary instructor. “I want to help others pursue their passions.”

Wilson adds that he is constantly learning to fill his need for knowledge. “I wanted to learn the background of food and food history so I moved to New York City’s Chinatown and learned more about the background of American Chinese food and authentic Chinese food. I got to work with Martin Yan while I was there.”

He says that those entering the industry need to be prepared for busy, long hours. “You must eat, drink, and sleep about food. In this industry, you must be innovative.” Wilson shows his creativity by helping students to be prepared for the real world. “I want to make the culinary workforce more knowledgeable and stronger. I also want to create a better quality of food overall in the area.”

Wilson is excited to teach others about the food that represents his heritage. “I admit that I dislike when there are items on the menu that say ‘Asian’ but all that was added was sesame seeds and sesame oil with a hint of soy sauce.” He enjoys seeing his students’ faces when they learn something new. Wilson is also in the process of trying something new—working at two jobs. In addition to teaching, he was given the opportunity to help run Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton’s food truck. “These two jobs were both passions of mine. I couldn't let the opportunity pass me by—so I chose to do both.”

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