Sidney Jackson

Sidney Looks Forward to Her Future as a Traveling Chef

Even as a young child, Sidney Jackson loved to be in the kitchen. Her love of cooking and food led her to enroll in culinary arts classes, through Heartland Technical Academy, while she was a junior at Eisenhower High School. Though she wasn’t initially sure what she would study after high school, she realized one day that she should pursue a career in culinary arts.

“Why don’t I just do this? I love it; I’m good at it. It’s something I can see myself doing for the rest of my life,“ recalled Sidney.

After high school she enrolled at Richland and quickly discovered all of the opportunities that would be available to her – including international travel. In the summer of 2017, along with her culinary arts classmates and professors, Sidney traveled for 15 days throughout Italy. They had the opportunity to sample regional Italian wine and cuisines, while sightseeing at postcard-worthy stops during the trip.

With her associate’s degree in culinary arts completed, Sidney is currently the culinary arts fellow and serves as the manager of the student-run restaurant on campus, Bistro Five Thirty Seven. She is also working on completing a second associate’s degree in hospitality management. Through all of her experiences including coursework and international travel, Sidney has been inspired to one day own a food truck and ultimately have the freedom to travel.

“Richland has opened my eyes to all the opportunities, all the things that are offered. I can go from state to state, or I can go from country to country.”

Her enthusiasm for Richland, particularly the Culinary Arts program, is contagious.

“This is such a great resource, I wish more people would take advantage. Richland is such an important part of our community.”

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