Future Aspirations: To become a top chef and own my own café/restaurant with my mom that serves lunch and dinner. My mom will do the baking, and we will have art for sale…kind of like a bistro. My mom does stain glass so she will showcase her work.
Tiffany Scott is a Grade 12 Clayton Heights student who is entering the District Career Program for culinary arts. We recently sat down and had a Q & A period.
What made you choose the Culinary Arts District Partnership Program?
I heard about it over announcements so I went to the counsellors’ office and saw the book in the waiting area. I love cooking so I came down to the Careers Ed. office to talk to Mr. Fisher who told me about the program and he gave me the application form. I did a summer course at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts 2 summers ago and I wanted to learn more.
What does your district program entail?
In second semester I go to my first day at Tamanawis and then the next day I start my courses, we work in the cafeteria and feed the school students and do catering. All day was spent just cooking and doing some book work. The last month of the course you go to VCC and at the end you write exam for the Professional Cook 1 Certificate. And the next year you can go into the Professional Cook 2.
How has high school helped inform your career or academic goals?
It helped me realize that you have to be disciplined to stay on top of everything so that you don’t fall behind. It has given me a jump start for going to college and life after school.
Do you have a favourite class and/or instructor? Why?
Favourite class was peer tutoring, Ms. Montgomery’s BASES class was very inspiring. Being with those students and getting to know them was very special to me.
What made you choose Culinary Arts Program?
I have a passion for cooking, and the free first year of college is a big help. When VCC came to our school I spoke to them and she helped answer all my questions
What does it feel like to be graduating early?
I’m going to miss my friends, seeing them every day. You don’t realize how fast 5 years are going to go, suddenly I’m graduating. It hasn’t sunk in yet, when I come back for grad and commencement then …
What was the application process like?
It involves formal interviews, application forms to be filled out, etc. …like you would going to college.
What do you think will be your favourite part of the program?
To learn new things about cooking. I know a lot but I want to learn more. Meeting new people and making connections for my future.
What are your short term and long term goals?
Continuing on in college; also moving out closer to the college & sharing with roommates, and eventually …finding my independence.
Who in your life has most influenced you?
That’s a hard one, I honestly cannot narrow it down to 1. My 2 best friends and my teachers really helped me get on the right path, who I am and who I want to be. But my Mom has been my biggest champion…telling me you can do what you put your mind to. Be yourself. She empowered me.
What would you tell someone who is looking at going into a District Partnership Program?
I would tell them to go for it, even if you don’t get in, you can always try again the following year. Everyone I talk to who’s going into the program is so excited. And will be a step ahead of everyone else
It sounds like you are on your way to a very successful career Tiffany, we are so proud of you!
Thank you for sharing this information. Please keep in touch!
Thank you for this interview. Mr. N. Fisher, Career Facilitator & Ms. Vandas