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Re: “Pulaski Tech's culinary school is cooking

Normally I try to let negative comments go. I am the "looking at the glass half full" type of person. I have struggled thinking about this for days and feel I have to post the following. I have known and worked with Chef Todd R. Gold the PTC Arkansas Culinary Culinary School director through the Arkansas Hospitality Association for about 10 years now. I have watched the merger with the Culinary Apprenticeship Program with PTC. I have watched the program grow incrediblly under Todd's direction. The earlier negative post about him, I cannot let go! Todd is a Certified Exectutive Chef, a certifiedCulinary Administrator, and only one of four members of the prestigious American Academy of Chefs in Arkansas! I know for a fact he gives his personal cell phone number to students and is available to consult with and meet students day or night about the school. He is the driving force behind the Arkansas Culinary School along with his well-qualified faculty and staff. Research I have done shows that all the full time and part time instructors are Certified Executive Chefs with years of hands on experiences plus graduates of culinary schools including the Culinary Institute of America, Le Cordon Bleu colleges, and on and on. The faculty are Certified Hospitality Educators and many hold advanced degrees such as bachelor's and master's degrees. The part time instructors are GM's of hotels and country clubs. The culinary school is the ONLY American Culinary Federation accredited school in the state and all this was accomplised under Todd's direction. As a member of the American Culinary Federation, I have to say that Todd has served as president of the Little Rock chapter for 10 years. He has numerous awards, well earned from the ACF. He along with the Peabody Hotel and the Little Rock CVB have been successful in plans to bring the ACF Central Regional Conference to Little Rock in the spring of 2013. This is HUGE! Hundreds of chefs and others from Minnesota to Louisiana will be in Little Rock for the conference. I suppose anyone who is hard working, sucessful and forward thinking will be critized by those who are ignorant and lazy. Personally, I am sorry Todd for any negative comments made about you. Please try to ignore them and go forward continuing what you are doing!

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Posted by foodie from old days on 05/05/2012 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Pulaski Tech's culinary school is cooking

Research from the National Restaurant Association about the "Arkansas Restaurant Industry at a Glance" states the following:

1) In 2012 Arkansas's restaurants are projected to register $3.3 billion in sales.
2) Every $1 spent in Arkansas's restaurants generates an additional $.88 in sales for the state economy.
3) In 2010, there were 4514 eating and drinking places in Arkansas.
4) Every extra $1 million spent in Arkansas's restaurants generates an additional 30.5 jobs in the state.
5) In 2012 restaurants in Arkansas employ 115,100 people (10% of employment in Arkansas)
6) In 2022 restaurants in Arkansas are projected to employ 132,500 people (15.1% job growth--17,400 new jobs).

These statistics do not include other foodservice operations such as schools, hospitals, retirement centers, prisons, or nursing homes--places where students studying culinary arts can get good paying jobs! It would seem there are lots of job opportunities to be had in the restaurant/foodservice business in Arkansas!

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by foodie from old days on 05/03/2012 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Pulaski Tech's culinary school is cooking

I live and work in Hot Springs and personally am excited about the new Culinary School PTC is building. I have kept up with the news in the media and feel we all need to start thinking about central Arkansas as one region, not separate cities competing with one another. What is good for Little Rock/North Little Rock is good for Jacksonville/Cabot; what is good for Little Rock is good Saline Country; what is good for Saline County is good for for Hot Springs, Malvern and Arkadelphia. Let's look at the big picture! The Arkansas Culinary School--wow! There will be nothing else like it in Arkansas! It will help to continue to make Arkansas a tourist attraction.

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Posted by foodie from old days on 05/03/2012 at 1:25 PM

 

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