Baking & Pastry
Prep Cook for Acrobat Outsourcing
The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University
"The knife skills [I learned in school] have helped me when I have to carve, and I also learned how to check food temperature and how to work in a team." Maryann Peralta , Prep Cook for Acrobat Outsourcing Associate of Science in Baking & Pastry, 2016 , The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University
Maryann Peralta is a prep cook for Acrobat Outsourcing. She’s responsible for grilling, carving, moving food to the buffet, ensuring food is at the proper temperature, cleaning, and providing customer service.
She admits that culinary school can be difficult, but recommends that students hang in there and work through the challenges. Once out in the real world, that experience is helpful when dealing with hard situations. Maryann eagerly tries new things that are outside of her comfort zone—she’s currently working a position focused on culinary skills, though her degree is in Baking & Pastry. “I have learned to work hard and prove that I deserve to cook.”
Maryann adds that the assistance she received in school with mock interviews, resume creation, cover letters, and growing her culinary skills helped her to find a job in the industry. She mentions that the industry is competitive and many people want the open positions, so it’s critical to stay focused. Receiving positive feedback from a happy customer is also beneficial to staying focused. “A simple smile from a customer lets me know that I am doing something right.”
She’s looking forward to the next step in her career. Maryann joined Acrobat Outsourcing to get a foot in the door at San Manuel Indian Casino in Highland, California. She says that her determination has helped in the casino’s decision move her into a permanent position.
Maryann, who in 2016 earned an Associate of Science in Baking & Pastry from The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, says that her education taught her knife skills that help her when she carves. “I also learned how to check food temperature and how to work in a team.”
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