New Chef at American High

Chef Rosen Joins AHS to Teach Culinary Arts

Jessica Dosanjh

Staff Writer

    Chef Rosen, the new Culinary Arts teacher, recently joined American High School at the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

    Chef Rosen teaches levels 1 and 2 of Culinary Arts, which are courses designed to teach students basic cooking techniques, as well as other valuable skills needed for food preparation. So far, students seem to be enjoying the classes, due to the knowledge they have gained.

    “We’ve learned how to make cheese omelets, pancakes from scratch, and fresh whipped cream so far,” senior Laura Griffin said. “And I look forward to other things we’ll be cooking in the future.”

    Chef Rosen has been working in the culinary profession for twenty-two years, although she was not always a chef. After high school, she obtained an Associate’s Degree in biology from the City College of San Francisco. She then spent fifteen years in finance, working as a banker.

    “After spending so many years as a banker, I realized that I should work in something that I truly have a passion for,” Rosen said.

    She then went to New York to attend the Culinary Institute of America, where she graduated as an Associate of Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts. But she is not going to stop there.

    “I plan on going back to school again and getting an Advanced Chef’s Certification,” Rosen said. “I believe learning never stops, and that I should be continuing to learn throughout my life.”

Chef Rosen stands in her classroom at American High School. “My favorite part of teaching is inspiring people’s minds,” Rosen said. “I also learn a lot from students, and I believe that’s an important part of life.”
Chef Rosen stands in her classroom at American High School. “My favorite part of teaching is inspiring people’s minds,” Rosen said. “I also learn a lot from students, and I believe that’s an important part of life.”

     Although Chef Rosen is originally from San Francisco, she has worked in the culinary profession in many parts of the United States.

    “I’ve worked in restaurants in Washington D.C., Arizona, the Olympic Games in Atlanta, and in most major catering companies in the Bay Area,” Rosen said. “I’ve also been a private chef  in San Francisco and taught a college level culinary class.”

    Now that she is a high school teacher, Chef Rosen has certain goals she wants to accomplish at American High School.

    “My real mission is to get people back in the kitchen and inspire them to cook more,” Rosen said. “I feel that there isn’t enough of that these days, and I want to change it.”

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