Culinary Arts Graduate’s ‘Thank You’ Dinner Party

When it comes to culinary arts college, working your way through college is best accomplished through taking a job in a commercial kitchen. That’s exactly what Gregory Williams did – and he made it to executive chef at that job before he even graduated college. After six long years in a culinary arts program, Williams hosted a dinner party to say ‘thanks’ to the friends and family who supported his career goals.

(The Mercury) May 23, 2012 – Sixth-year culinary arts student and graduate, Gregory R. Williams, decided to thank his family and friends with something very special; he hosted a 30-person dinner party Monday at the restaurant where he is executive chef, The Coventry Tea Room in South Coventry and he served as chef for the event.

Williams, a graduate of the Culinary Arts Institute at Montgomery County Community College, wanted to thank all of the people in his life who helped him to achieve this milestone.

“School was always a challenge for me. So when I decided to major in Culinary Arts back in high school, I received a lot of support from my family and friends,” says Williams. “Frequently, I would stay up for hours in the middle of the night cooking and my friends and family would be my test subjects.”

Williams, who achieved executive chef status before his May 17 graduation, says he is extremely thankful for his accomplishments.

“I have the love of nurturing parents and a strong family who have always encouraged me to pursue my dreams. I credit my grandmother for giving me the cooking bug. At the time, she was a typical Italian grandmother who took care of me while my parents worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer. I used to stand on a chair… Read more: Culinary Arts Graduate Cooks Thank You Feast (The Mercury)

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