Paul Redman

Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts Faculty
The Art Institute of Seattle

Chef Paul Redman Headshot

Collaboration is huge. Paul Redman , Culinary Arts Faculty , The Art Institute of Seattle
What would you say is the defining moment in your life when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

Really tough question. I don’t have a defining moment like that. I was always interested in creativity as a child and young adult. It started by being really interested in reading and writing, and then it translated into working in kitchens.

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 discuss my past industry experience and try to connect it to what students are doing in the kitchen. As I see correlations between what students are doing and past experiences I’ve had, I try to bring those together into a teachable moment.

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?

I select one student for every class to act as the sous chef, which involves assuming a leadership role in the kitchen. For some students this is a new experience, which takes them out of their comfort zone and helps them to grow into future industry leaders.

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

Collaboration is huge. Since most of the cooking we do in our classes is team-based, students are required to collaborate in order to succeed. 

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?

Taking responsibility for their actions and choices. 
Be prepared for a lot of hard work.