When alumni Carlos Casillas immigrated to Canada, he had dreams of owning his own restaurant one day. This is how he used his experience at #GBC as a platform for accomplishing his goals:
When I came to Canada, my partner and I had aspirations of one day opening our own restaurant. With the help of George Brown and The Chef School, I was able to develop my passion in the culinary arts and reach my goal. George Brown gave me the opportunity to study the cuisine of my liking while providing hands-on learning with top-of-the-line equipment. I worked alongside notable chefs who were dedicated and diligent and received constructive one-on-one guidance. These mentors sparked my creativity while providing a safe, professional kitchen to learn in. The environment at George Brown was always friendly and I met many people who shared my passion. I even received job opportunities before graduation.
With a campus in the heart of Toronto, my peers and I were exposed to local styles and tastes that could be fused with traditional recipes. I found this to be a huge asset when creating my business, as my partner and I planned to combine the tastes of our Mexican heritage with other popular flavours. George Brown also familiarized me with a variety of equipment and instillation techniques that allowed my kitchen to be efficient and well-organized. The school's emphasis on professionalism and food handling processes has made for a safe work environment for my staff and high quality, great tasting food for our customers. I wouldn’t have my restaurant without the dedication of both myself and the mentoring chefs found at George Brown.
Future students should expect a fun, engaging and inviting experience that will expose them to many new aspects of food.