To be a Student of CIL and graduated , it makes me feel more proud and professional of my career. Now people who knows me from long time a go, they treat me with more respect, and that really makes me feel so proud of my self. And what really makes me more proud, is when people see my Diploma from Culinary Institute LeNôtre. They recognize the effort of my hard work and applying my knowledge and skills achieved at CIL, costumers are more satisfied and that it brings me more business, which I’m grateful to see the rewards after all this efforts. Been part of this grate Institute it’s the best experience of my life.
Name: Angel Oidor
Hometown: San Juan del Rio, Queretaro, Mexico
Current city: Conroe Texas
Course of study: Elite Diplôme de Cuisine
Year of graduation: October 2015
- Angel, tell us about your story!
When I came to USA, I came with a dream, a dream that one day I would become a professional Chef. So I started as a dish washer in a big hotel in 1984 in Palm Desert. Working hard it took me a while to moved to a prep station, through the years, I thought that my dream never will came true, I kept working hard in many Hotels, Restaurants, and Country Clubs. My journey started in California, within the years I move out of California to a different state just to name a few of them New Mexico, Georgia, North Carolina, Colorado until I came to Texas. Years past by and I thought my dream was disappearing. But one day I meet a chef who gave me the opportunity to learn different skills and he taught me how to do carvings on fruits and vegetables and that’s when I started looking for better opportunities and it encourage me to learn more. Those skills open more doors for me and I started doing competitions on those competitions I meet students of CIL and I put in my mind that one day I would become a professional chef. After all the experiences I have achieve in my life nothing were easy but with my wife’s support I took the first step and I decided to become a student of this great institute of Culinary Arts. Now after graduate I got my own business as catering and banquet services, and having a diploma of this institute open me more opportunities of work. Now the business is growing and clients are more satisfied with the service we provide.
- What inspired you to become a chef?
What inspired me to become a chef was watching all those professional chefs wearing there chefs uniform. I said to myself one day I would be just like them.
- How would you describe the impact of your courses at CIL on your daily life?
To be a Student of CIL and graduated, it makes me feel more proud and professional of my career. Now people who knows me from long time a go, they treat me with more respect, and that really makes me feel so proud of my self. And what really makes me more proud, is when people see my Diploma from Culinary Institute LeNôtre. They recognize the effort of my hard work and applying my knowledge and skills achieve at CIL, costumers are more satisfied and that it brings me more business, which I’m grateful to see the rewards after all this efforts. Been part of this grate Institute it’s the best experience of my life.
- Any memorable moments as a student?
Well every day, it was a great experience, but I have to say this, I want to thank Mr. LeNôtre for giving me the opportunity to represent the institute at different High Schools in different cities doing demonstrations to students in the Culinary Arts, and let me teach at all the Chefs at CIL how to do carvings, wow that was kind of scary and very nervous, but at the same time it was very good experience, that gave me more motivation to keep going. Always having more respect for all the Chef’s at this great Institute, and take more advantage of their knowledge, I always admire them as a great persons and a very professional chefs. And I can keep going and going with great memorable moments, just as simple as it is every day it was a wonderful experience, I want to thank all the chefs, personal office, and the hard work of all maintenance and cleaning stuff, for all their hard work and all the effort that every one put each day, just to keep all the labs nice and neat, for all students, I appreciate every one of you and God Bless you all.
- Do you have any projects in mind or in action?
Now I’m working hard in upgrading my business, making new contacts in the business , but at the same time looking to open a new Restaurant in the Woodlands area. But keep encouraging the students in Culinary Arts to take this carrier serious.
- Would you like to share an anecdote with us?
Well, what I really love to remember is when the chef let me do the menu, prep and cook on International Cuisine Class, and with all my class mates we did a Mexican buffet, and personal I think we did a great job. All my class mates were so nice and we work hard and help each other at all the times, that make the entire course more emotive.
- Outside of CIL, what do you like to do on your personal time?
I’ll love continuing to go all over USA and other countries, doing competitions, food shows. I would like also to have a food show in a TV Station. And I’m working on it.
- Any words of wisdom to students?
Just keep working on their projects, and never give up. Just remember, nothing is easy, and if you never try it, you’ll never know how that feels to be there. Life is good and there is only one, don’t waste time.