Our July 2015 Student of the Month is JD Barroga! Previously in the military and now serving as a firefighter, he is working towards his AAS in Culinary Arts. Read his testimonial as he shares what inspired him to want to become a chef and attend CIL!
Name: JD Barroga
Current City : Houston
Course of Study: A.A.S. in Culinary Arts
Year of Graduation: 2016
- What is your favorite food or beverage?
Italian food and sweet tea
- What inspired you to want to become a chef?
Ever since I was younger it was just my siblings and I, my parents divorced, so I would always cook for them because they would be at work and i would be at home with them. It brings it back to the time when I would cook for them and they would be happy they would have something in their stomach. When I was in the military I would cook for most of the soldiers there because no one would want to go out to eat . I took it upon myself to grill and cook and would also cook when I was deployed. Since I’ve been back I’ve always wanted to get into it and start my own restaurant and figured this would be a good place to start.
- Describe your class room experience
So far the experience has been fairly positive. No complaints- there’s good times and bad times, there’s challenges of course. I’m the type of guy that if there’s no challenge I wont do it. I don’t like the easy route so its been a real good experience.
- What would you say to the students interested in studying at CIL ?
Definitely understand why you want to get into it. Don’t just come in thinking I’m going to learn how to cook and make recipes all day. It’s about learning the difference between cuisine and general cooking. You will learn more than just to make a menu , the story behind the ingredients, so come with an open mind. You learn what goes on behind the kitchen first before you even get to cooking.
- Outside of cooking, what do you like to do? Hobbies?
I have numerous hobbies. I like art, a lot of outdoor stuff-kayaking, fishing, anything that I can get my hands on I’ll do.