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The Chef’s Journey: Advice from 6 Culinary Lifers

JWU’s College of Culinary Arts recently convened a panel of six working chefs — including four alumni — to share their experiences, speak about their chosen career paths, and discuss strategies for obtaining a dream job in the industry.

Lessons in Entrepreneurship from Heirloom’s Clark Barlowe '09

Clark Barlowe '09 offered to show JWU entrepreneurship students his original business plan — as proof of how naïve he was when he started . “I was planning to do $75,000 in sales each week. Ha! Most weeks, I’m making $18,000. $20,000 or more is a money making week!”

Barlowe is the executive chef and owner of Heirloom, a globally-inspired restaurant known for its local sourcing and edible foraged ingredients. He recently spoke to College of Business students in the Business Planning & Pitching entrepreneurship class on the daunting task of opening a restaurant at age 27 and keeping it successful.

Why I Love Working at Culinary Events like Roots Cultivate 2018

Natasha Daniels '17 has pursued her culinary curiosity from a young age. In her native Ohio, she worked in restaurant kitchens and volunteered locally at places like the Culinary Vegetable Institute (CVI) to expand and strengthen her skills. At JWU, she was part of the student culinology team that won first prize at the Research Chefs Association’s inaugural Evolution of Food Waste Student competition. Now that team is developing a full line of products, OURGrain, using Brewer’s spent grain (BSG). Daniels also works as a private chef and keeps up her Ohio connections by assisting at CVI events like Roots Cultivate, where she catches up with chefs from all over the US — including JWU alumni. Read all about her experience at the 2018 conference:

Pinch Food Design Wants You to Play with Your Food

Bavarian everything pretzels on a copper pipe where partygoers do the limbo; three-foot helium balloons that serve as floating trays for Pavlovas; a doughnut umbrella; a self-serve cocktail wall with booze dispensed via turkey baster. It sounds like a party Alice in Wonderland might throw, but these are the whimsical creations of Pinch Food Design, co-founded by Bob Spiegel '82.

Kitchen Lessons with Chef Tom Condron '88

At JWU’s College of Culinary Arts, working with a chef classically trained in French cuisine is called “Tuesday.” The chef in question? Tom Condron '88 recently returned to campus to craft a lavish feast for the Epicurean Scholarship Society, a membership-based group that supports culinary scholarships at the university. Several times a year, the Society brings distinguished chefs — many of them alumni — to campus to host unforgettable culinary events that double as fundraisers.