Disney has accepted seven students from The Chef’s Academy, Indiana Business College’s Culinary Division, for internships at various restaurant properties in the Disney Corporation.
Josh Slagle, 30, Culinary Arts student at The Chef’s Academy, was one of the few students selected for a Disney internship. He will be honing his culinary skills at the prestigious Yachtsmen Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club resort in Orlando, Florida. According to Slagle, the offer is positive for him and his school.
“I took the internship offer as a compliment, and it’s also a compliment for the school and our chef instructors,” explained Slagle. “It’s huge. I couldn’t ask for anything bigger to put on my resume. Everyone knows who Disney is.”
Slagle, who worked in the shipping business for eight years before enrolling at The Chef’s Academy to pursue his long-time interest in the culinary field, did not expect an internship offer from Disney.
“I took the interview process as a unique experience, and really didn’t expect anything. Then two days later I got a call. It’s really a career-building move,” said Slagle.
At the end of the internship program with Disney, students could be offered full-time positions at one of the Disney restaurant and resort locations.
“Having Disney on your resume as an internship is extremely valuable; Disney has an industry reputation for high standards. They constantly cross train employees and educate them to perform,” explained Josh Horrigan, Director of Career Services for The Chef’s Academy.
Chef Pauli Milotte, Culinary Recruiter for Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts, visited The Chef’s Academy to recruit students on August 21. His recruiting process is selective. In fact, Chef Milotte only visits a limited number of culinary schools a year.
“I called him at the right time. He had just cancelled a visit to a school, so he had an opening and came here. And he was very complimentary about the school,” said Horrigan.
The visit was affirming for the new culinary school that just opened in September 2006.
As more proof of Chef Milotte’s selectivity, he never reschedules a visit until after students have completed internships and he has had time to evaluate their performance. However, Chef Milotte was so impressed with The Chef’s Academy that he has already rescheduled a return visit in May 2008, and the internships have not yet begun.
According to Horrigan, Chef Milotte also told several faculty and staff at The Chef’s Academy that the school was the farthest along in developing a sound training environment for future chefs out of all first year schools he’s ever visited.
Chef Milotte’s 29 years of experience with the Walt Disney World Company includes the positions of Executive Sous Chef of the Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort, Executive Sous Chef of the Disney Village Resorts, and Sous Chef at the Top of the World Restaurant at the Contemporary Resort.
Awards bestowed upon Chef Milotte include membership on the Advisory Board for Disney’s Culinary Arts Program, Third Place Bronze Medal in the 1995 Miami Seafood Cook-Off, and Second Place in the 1992 Atlanta Civic Center Food Show for Hot Food Presented Cold, and Best of Show Table at the 1991 Wine Festival at the Disney Village Resort.
The Chef’s Academy offers two-year Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts. The Chef’s Academy is the culinary division of Indiana Business College, a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree-granting institution that concentrates on career-focused education. The career college operates 12 campuses throughout the state of Indiana, as well as delivering many courses through its Online Division. Through its various campuses the College offers more than 30 programs in the disciplines of business, criminal justice, medical, information technology, and culinary.
For more information on The Chef’s Academy call 1-877-IND-CHEF or visit www.thechefsacademy.com