Anne Koehlinger is passionate about culinary arts and economics and learned fundamental skills in each of these areas while completing her coursework at Illinois Virtual School, College Prep. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Studies, which she hopes will one day allow her to start her own culinary business. Although she is new to the art of cooking, she is no stranger to entrepreneurship.
Anne Koehlinger began selling handmade jewelry one summer while spending vacation time at her family’s lake house as a young girl. By creating and selling her own unique pieces of jewelry, she quickly gained a sense of entrepreneurship. Anne Koehlinger has kept this spirit ever since and hopes to take her business experience beyond college to start her own restaurant.
In order to succeed as a chef and restaurant owner, Anne Koehlinger also knows she needs to enroll in a culinary program and acquire her certification. Culinary certification from a two to four year institution is only the first requirement for aspiring chefs. Students must also complete an internship or apprenticeship to gain experience working in the kitchen and for future advancement opportunities. These programs and internships provide students with practical knowledge, culinary artistry, scientific understanding, and integral managerial and leadership skills.
Anne Koehlinger was recently given an opportunity that further reinforced her interest in studying culinary arts. Her parents surprised her with a trip to Paris, France where she got the chance to dine in some of the world’s finest restaurants. While in France, Anne Koehlinger got to taste authentic French cuisine and share her passion for cooking by meeting the Head Chef at The Seaside Restaurant. She also got the opportunity to observe the Capella Pedregal Head Chef in action while indulging on fresh seafood.