Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Top Employers in Food Industry Meet Students/Alumni at Spring 2012 Career Fair

By Alexa Magarian

Current students and alumni of The International Culinary Center had the opportunity on Wednesday, March 21, to meet with over 50 companies in the food industry. Notable employers included a line-up of some of the best culinary talent in New York City, like Mina Restaurant Group, ABC Kitchen, James Beard Foundation, and Craft Restaurant Group. A remarkable number of 215 students and alumni came prepared with resumes, eagerly stopping by tables for a brief introduction and potential leads to job openings.

Major food publications and catering companies also attended the fair which certainly sparked an interest with students looking for opportunities outside of the restaurant kitchen. I spoke with representatives from Abigail Kirsch Catering, Saveur magazine, and Dean & DeLuca, to name a few.

A successful and impressive turn out at the career fair only reinforces one of the obvious benefits of attending culinary school in a city: the relationship between The International Culinary Center and top names in the industry.

Even if you’re already employed, stopping by the career fair at school helps you see your options and, of course, network with potential employers. It’s important to know how to navigate an industry, an especially competitive one that has no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

Alexa Magarian is a recent graduate of the Classic Pastry Arts program. She works as a Pastry Cook in New York City and continues to pursue her passion for writing, learning, and of course, all things sweet.

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