Philip J Lloyd
Be professional, be punctual, be respectful of others, and develop good communication skills. Philip J. Lloyd , CEC
, The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
I’ve always loved food. When I was 15, my father told me I should work in a restaurant so I could learn how to cook—and eat—at the restaurant's expense.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I have extensive experience in the real culinary world, so I’m able to share "war" stories, funny anecdotes, and tales of both success and woe to help bring the realism into the classroom.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
In the Banquet Event Order assignment in my Garde Manger class, I emphasize that a chef needs to be well-rounded in the kitchen, the office, and the board room. The project incorporates good menu planning, recipe development and food costing for profit.
How do you inspire students to push themselves beyond their perceived limits?
I help them use their strengths to overcome their perceived weaknesses.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
Collaboration teaches students the importance of networking with folks outside their own area of focus. They learn communication skills by “educating” their student peers. When I’ve brought Photography students in to shoot culinary work, it’s helped my students better understand the importance of basic culinary skills and plating techniques. We’ve also teamed up with students from Graphic Design classes; students from each discipline act as prospective “customers” for the other.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Be professional, be punctual, be respectful of others, and develop good communication skills.
What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?
Stay humble, and stay hungry for your profession and for knowledge.