Our January Student of the Month is Marlene Walls, who just graduated from the A.A.S. in Culinary Arts program. Marlene already has lots of projects to develop with her diploma. We wish her a wonderful journey!
- What was your inspiration that led you to wanting to become a chef?
I have enjoyed cooking since I was ten years old. I loved to help my mother and grandmother in the kitchen for family dinners and different church events. Every year, my family would cook large quantities of food for those in need. People from all over would come to enjoy the wonderful and delicious food we had prepared. They would talk for days about how delicious the food was.
I would say my mother and grandmother have been my inspiration for becoming a chef. Because of them, I am the woman I am today. My mother has taught me to never give up, and to get what I want out of life.
- What did you do before culinary school?
Before enrolling in culinary school, I worked in the medical industry for over 20 years. I love to volunteer at my local church and community groups such as The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundations and American Heart Foundation of Houston. I have catered for different events with Serenity Psalm 23, and Unity Women of Gods.
- Describe your classroom experience
What I love the most is the small classes. It helps so much when you need the one to one advices. The Chefs and Instructors are so awesome I just can’t get enough of Chef Sandra King-Snell; she is great, and Chef Pascal Lucas, he is very friendly. I don’t think I would have made it without him. He has taught me so much and I am truly grateful.
- What would you like to do with your degree?
I have a catering business that I would like to expand with the bed and breakfast that I plan to open in five years. It would be called Walls Manor. This business opportunity will open doors for my family and me. So with my degree and the new skills I have learned over the last 18 months I do believe it will happen.
- Do you have a personal motto?
Life is too short, Live, Love and have fun…