Shannon Hayashi, CEC, M.Ed.

Culinary Arts

Culinary Instructor
The Art Institute of Colorado

Dedication and integrity are two valuable ingredients for success. Shannon Hayashi, CEC, M.Ed. , Culinary Instructor
, The Art Institute of Colorado

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

One’s destiny is determined by the first breath one takes. As a child, teenager, and young adult, I was always an educator, mentor, and coach, in and out of the classroom, never knowing that would be my destiny. Cooking never crossed my mind, but when I entered the restaurant field I knew that I had a gift for cooking. I never looked back from that moment.

In your opinion, what makes a great chef?


I feel that a great chef does not necessarily make a great educator. It takes compassion, dedication, sincerity, and, above all, continual research and professional development to instill greatness and success in the student.

How would you describe your approach to teaching and mentoring?


Here are a few thoughts I pass along to my students that I feel have contributed to their growth and success: Be accountable for your education. Learn once, and learn forever. Immerse yourself as you would to learn a foreign language and respect your profession.

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


Dedication and integrity are two valuable ingredients for success.

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

First, be curious, and discover on your own. Second, think of ideas that can help improve the way we live together. And lastly, decide what will be your contribution to your community.

Anything else you’d like to share?

The opportunity to be able to influence the careers of students is an honor that an educator should never take for granted.