Ray Yazdani, Ph.D., MBA, CHE

Culinary Arts

Culinary Instructor
The Art Institute of Colorado

Ray Yazdani, Culinary Instructor

Knowledge doesn't give you power. Applying that knowledge gives you power. Ray Yazdani, Ph.D., MBA, CHE , Culinary Instructor , The Art Institute of Colorado

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

It was inspiring when I realized how teaching can make a difference in other people’s lives. I knew I wanted to make a difference as a teacher.

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

Experience is the cornerstone of effective teaching.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

One way I inspire students is to trigger critical thinking. I assign projects that require students to research, write about, and present to the class.

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

Knowledge doesn’t give you power. Applying that knowledge gives you power.

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

Develop a good work ethic and sound judgment, and be a good and kind person. It’s all about service and respect.

Anything else you’d like to share?

If we expect students to be passionate about learning, we need to be just as passionate about teaching.