Student Spotlight: Samuel Perez

Samuel Perez

Samuel Perez
Major: Culinary Arts

Samuel Perez spent years working in restaurants as a cook.

"I didn't know much about cooking. It just always came naturally to me," he explained. "Soon it became more than just a job and I decided to turn my interest into a career."

He enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at College of DuPage in 2008 because it was affordable, had a great reputation and offered flexible schedules that allowed him to both work and take classes. Perez obtained an internship at Mon Ami Gabi in Oak Brook, where Chef Bruce Williams praised him as one of the restaurant's best-ever interns.

"Attending COD provided me with the tools I needed to land a job at Mon Ami Gabi, a French restaurant where I used everything I learned in my classes," Perez said. "Having learned all I did at COD, I feel more confident and encouraged to earn my bachelor’s degree."

Perez graduated with his Associate in Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts in 2011 and now works as the lead cook at the Marriott in Rosemont.

"My goal is to take my studies and exercise them in well-known restaurants and become a sous chef," he explained. "Also one day I hope to own my own restaurant. The time I spent at COD has definitely help me accomplish a lot in my field."

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