Chef John Boretti, BPS

John Boretti

The team is the equalizer. John Boretti , Chef , The Art Institute of Raleigh–Durham, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design

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

I knew this is what I wanted to do since I was a child. I come from a family of restauranteurs.

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 use it all the time. My 20 years of being a professional chef is brought into context with every lesson when I teach a la carte and service. We actively run a restaurant and in other classes we focus on why this is important to know.

Is there a class assignment that exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

Teaching à la carte and service exemplifies my style because I am an à la cart chef through and through. I LOVE IT! Running restaurants and serving people is the payoff for our students and I get to help them do it.

Similarly, how does your approach inspire each student to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

We are actively running a restaurant, cooking, and serving people. We live and breathe real life as a chef. Every day we push to new limits.

What role does collaboration contribute to students' success, especially when students from other programs contribute to the same project?

Culinary is all about teamwork. Teamwork makes the dream work. We partner with many other divisions to bring about great success for The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham

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? 

I teach them how to work together, see strength and weakness in each other, then support and defend each other, no matter what the challenge is. All chefs are not equal. The team is the equalizer. I work to grow the team and build challenges.

Alternatively, what is the most critical advice you would offer any student as he/she embarks on a creative career?

Remember you are never alone in this endeavor. You will receive support from friends, family, teachers and peers. You are never alone.