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Culinary School Stories

62 EpisodesProduced by Dr. Colin Roche, PhD, MBA, CEC, CCE, FMP, CHEWebsite

Culinary School Stories is a podcast with engaging interviews that shares the stories of people from around the world that have an association with a culinary school in some way. Every week we bring you the best stories from people around the food service world whose lives have been influenced, impa… read more

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Story #053 - John-Michael Collins

Chef John-Michael Collins was born in San Diego, CA and from his earliest memories growing up he can remember a life full of abuse, including physical, mental, and sexual. John-Michael tried to end his life at the age of 10 though thankfully his grandparents stepped in to rescue him from the foster system. Due to this traumatic upbringing, he never believed in himself, nor though he deserved anything good, which he believes is what set him up to make a lot of bad choices throughout the early parts of his life.

These bad choices are what eventually caused him to end up in Federal Lockup for several years. While incarcerated, John-Michael ended up in the kitchen, starting in the dish room. However, he was a fast learner and quickly moved up the ranks to become the number two cook and the person who prepared the food for the officer’s mess dining room.

Once released, he found himself at a halfway house in Washington, DC with suggestions to seek out and apply for formal culinary training at the DC Central Kitchen (DCCK). He eventually applied, was accepted, and ended up graduating. After completing his training, he accepted a multi-week internship at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, which eventually turned into full-time employment.

Chef Collins still currently works for the Ritz Carlton as a cook one but is looking forward to the next step in his culinary journey as he applies for various sous chef positions within the Marriott Company. However, an even more important goal for John-Michael is to become a beacon of hope for those coming behind him, and to continue to give back to his community by bringing people together through the avenue of food.

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ABOUT THE SHOW: Culinary School Stories is a weekly podcast with engaging interviews that shares the stories of people from around the world that have an association with a culinary school in some way. Each episode we bring you the best stories from people around the food service world whose lives have been influenced, impacted, touched and/or enriched, for good or for bad, from their culinary school experience. And this Podcast is dedicated to telling their story!

From current students and alumni to faculty and administrators, this interview style podcast allows for longer, more in-depth, open discussions about issues, stories and tales surrounding culinary school. We hope you will listen in and learn what each of our guests has to say as we talk to them about their relationship to culinary school, as well as their journey, the people who helped them, and their goals and dreams for the future. Join us as we ask and discover, “What’s your culinary school story?”

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NOTE: If you want to share your culinary school story in a future episode, all you have to do is go to http://www.culinaryschoolstories.com and download the guest questionnaire at the bottom of that page. Once you fill it out, email it back to us. After we review it, we will be back in touch to set up a date and time to talk!

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