Gaye Warren, Ed. D

Hospitality Food & Beverage Management

Culinary Instructor
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division

Gaye Warren, Ed. D.

Be persistent, be willing to embrace change, and be a team player. Gaye Warren, Ed. D , Culinary Instructor , The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division

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

As far back as I can remember, I was cooking in the kitchen with my mom. I made my first pie with a lattice top at age six. For me, a commercial kitchen is like home. There’s nothing better then serving guests a wonderful meal.

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

The hospitality industry is an environment of creative chaos where you learn by doing. Sharing my professional and work experience not only gives students a glimpse of what they can expect in the industry, it’s also their chance to learn from successes and failures.

How would you describe your approach to teaching and mentoring?

The best way to inspire students is to provide encouragement and supportive feedback, and be enthusiastic and passionate about the topic and the industry. The more personable and engaging you are as an instructor, the more students will ask questions, participate in the discussion, demonstrate a willingness to complete the assignments, and enjoy the course.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

Students appreciate the opportunity to review their peers’ project work. The feedback they gain enhances the creative process and helps generate new ideas.

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

Be persistent, be willing to embrace change, and be a team player.

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

The hospitality industry can bring hard work, long hours, and crazy schedules. But it can also be incredibly rewarding and a ton of fun.