Shake the Hand that Feeds You

by Jordan Quidachay

As I sit in the antique chair that squeaks ever so lightly between the bookshelves of the Tattered Cover Bookstore, I reflect on my past year as a culinary student at Johnson and Wales University.  In 8 months or so, I completed 15 lab segments, the foundation of my future as a culinarian. It’s only the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come, certainly. But my time in the kitchens of the Johnson and Wales culinary building have allowed me to develop immensely, both as a person and a culinarian. It’s the time spent with the sincerely passionate and talented chefs of the school that’s definitely made all the difference.

‘Twas Michael Pollan who said, “Shake the hands that feeds you.”
So I thank you for feeding me, both figuratively and literally, with your knowledge, wisdom, and food.

Chef Deja Walker
Chef Robert Corey
Chef Max Ariza
Chef John Woolley
Chef Emil Bigler
Chef Birch DeVault
Chef Christopher Stone
Chef Carrie Stebbins
Chef Jamie Daugherty
Chef Michael Angelo
Chef Stacy Griest
Chef Kristen Harkness-Cofrades
Chef Adam Sacks
Chef David Dawson
And to all the other Chefs, of whom our paths never crossed, who make our learning environment what it is.

Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to us students, thank you for planting the seeds of my culinary imagination, the fundamentals, and the techniques of what it takes to make it in this ever-changing industry. Thank you for always inspiring.

In Veritate Et Caritate