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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


Story #031 - Kami Smith

GUEST’S NAME: Kami Smith

CULINARY SCHOOL AFFILIATION: Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI and Charleston, SC

BIO: Prior to joining the world of food manufacturing, Chef Kami Smith began her life of pastry arts with the team at Emeril’s Restaurants and Marriott International Hotels located in heart of New Orleans, Louisiana. While in New Orleans, Kami was able to develop skillsets in breads, chocolate work, pulled and poured sugars, and helped manage the pastry team to support major event such as opening of the D-Day Museum, Super Bowl, Microsoft, Arthur Anderson, ACF National Conference, and so much more.

With a strong sense to return to her roots in East Tennessee, Kami returned home and took the position of Pastry Chef at an adorable Victorian home known locally as The Troutdale Dining Room Restaurant in Bristol, VA. While there in Virginia, Kami was asked to spearhead the new culinary program and community bakery at Virginia Intermont College. She also became the local star of “Cooking with Chef Kami” in East Tennessee.

However, a new opportunity in Atlanta, Georgia came up and Chef Kami left the bakery, the tv show, and her team, and joined Schwan’s Bakery, in Atlanta, GA as their newest Research Pastry Chef, where she and her team designed unique multi-layered cakes, brownies, tarts, pies, and cheesecakes for National Accounts around the country. She later joined Dawn Food Products as their Corporate Pastry Chef training the industry on their high-quality products. Though she still resides in Atlanta, today she is the Directory of Culinary Showcasing for Pecan Deluxe Candy which is located in Dallas, Texas, where she and her amazing team work on multiple candy and nut inclusions, snack blends, drink and milkshake bases, coffee/ smoothie syrups, plus bakery items for the ice cream, yogurt, cereal, and foodservice industry.  

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Twitter - @ChefKams

Instagram - @KamiRoseBaking

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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 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!

MUSIC: "Family Montage" by Biz Baz Studio, YouTube Audio Library

Culinary School Stories is a proud member of the Food Media Network!

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