Rudy B. Kloeble, CEC

Chef Rudy Kloeble

Stoke the fire in your heart, because no one else will do it for you. Rudy B. Kloeble, CEC , Culinary Instructor , The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University

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

I think I knew at age three when I was stuffing doughnuts at my dad’s bakery. It was reinforced when I found myself in a foreign country learning how to cook in a three-year apprenticeship program.

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

My twelve years of European training gave me a professional edge that I can pass along to my students. I bring many years of industry experience, both working for firms and for myself. I stay current with the demands of today’s industry by continuing to work part-time.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I have high standards, and I give students a clear idea of what I expect. Once we create a plan, the steps seem easier and more manageable. One of the most challenging classes I teach is Garde Manger. The Banquet Event Order project is a beast. It demands that students pull from at least two other courses. Menu writing, culinary math, diagrams, and creativity all come into play.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

When creative people work together and egos are set aside, creativity explodes and students have fun and push themselves further. In the real world today, graphic design, fashion design, and interior design all come into play when a concept is developed.

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

Discipline. It’s about how you start your day, how you plan your week, and how you learn.

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

Ask questions. Practice, practice, practice. And stoke the fire in your heart, because no one else will do it for you.

Anything else you’d like to share?

The opportunity to influence students is the greatest gift I’ve ever received.

Headshot by: Victor Morales, The Art Institute of California-San Diego