Linda Carucci and I went to the CCA together. I graduated a few months before Linda but our paths crossed frequently. When Linda graduated, she was on the Dean's List. My diploma was Scotch taped together after the CCA finally decided to just let me out. They had had enough.
Several years after graduation, Linda became the Dean at the CCA. How did that smart girl go so wrong?
We have since reconnected and have stayed fast friends. We are usually roommates at the IACP or WCR conference every year.
The hotels change but never our curriculum. We don't get enough sleep from laughing, often drink too much wine and spend a lot of time talking faster than light! I'm a neat freak in a hotel room and Linda is messy so we make perfect partners. She totally forgives me when I try to straighten up her side (or drink the last glass of wine). Boundaries? I must remember to get some!
Linda's new position at the Art Institute was made for her. She's working like the devil in overdrive, but when we got to have lunch last week I kept thinking; have I ever seen her this happy or exhilarated?
In January 2010, Linda has invited Cindie and I to teach a food styling master technique class. It will be open to the public as well as the school's students.
Click here for more information. There will be a page about this San Francisco class up very soon!
Since October 2007, Linda Carucci has been working as Chef Director at The Art Institute of California in San Francisco, helping to launch and direct the new International Culinary School. They will be offering two programs: Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Management. They also plan to launch an Associate’s degree program in Wine, Spirits and Beverage Management.
Linda is on the board of the Asian Culinary Forum, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the exploration of Asian food ways. She is also the author of Cooking School Secrets for Real World Cooks, which has recently gone into its fourth printing.