When did you first become interested in your field of work?
In August, 2014, I took the first class ever in South Carolina to become a certified mushroom forager.
What made you decide to go to CIC?
Moved here from Columbia in 2001; the program was rebranding itself and I wanted to be a part of that.
What was the most important thing that you learned at CIC?
Learning to always be optimistic; you never know what opportunity may come from the connections of the program.
What was your first paid position in your field?
Washing dishes in a restaurant when I was 17.
What has been the highlight in your career so far?
Over a 20-year tenure in the culinary and agriculture field, I have evolved into being a business owner. At Palmetto Mushrooms, we grow and forage Certified S.C. mushrooms for Lowcountry chefs and residents. It’s amazing to be building a company while doing something that I am very passionate about.
What would be your advice for CIC students?
Be social with your peers and learn from each other’s experiences and backgrounds, as well as your instructors.