Jack Kane

Culinary Arts

Culinary Chair
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

Chef Kane, Jack Kane, Culinary, Headshot

Culinary is too hard of a life unless you love it. Passion and determination are fundamental to success. Jack Kane , Culinary Chair , The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

What would you say is the defining moment in your life when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

When I was 17, I was washing dishes at an Italian restaurant and the pizza cook called in sick. I took his place and never left the business.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience to provide an industry veteran's sense of the realities / challenges / opportunities of the profession?

I tell lots of stories associated to the subject being discussed, or product being produced, on what has happened to me in the past 45 years. 

Is there a class assignment that exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring? Similarly, how does your approach inspire each student to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

In the first culinary class the students take we have the students interview a Chef. They then find out what it takes to be successful in our industry.

In your opinion, what is the single most important thing you impart to your students to help them succeed in your class and in the real world? Alternatively, what is the most critical advice you would offer any student as he / she embarks on a creative career?

Culinary is too hard of a life unless you love it. Passion and determination are fundamental to success.