Celebrity Chef Johnny Carino bonds with UNT students at the Southwest Foodservice Expo
July 20, 2011

Twenty UNT students exhibiting at the Southwest Foodservice Expo at the Dallas Convention Center in June had the rare opportunity to spend quality time with celebrity Chef Johnny Carino. 

While at the UNT booth, Chef Carino spent almost two hours talking one-on-one with the students about their career aspirations. He gave them advice on how to prepare themselves for working in the hospitality industry, and he answered their questions about his rise to success. He also talked with the students about key subjects that will allow them to become successful such as networking, marketing, and drive. 

In addition, Chef Carino shared his insights about the foodservice industry. "This industry's about passion; when someone cooks with love, you can taste it." Also stressing the importance of cost controls, he stated that "in order to run a successful business you have to understand the numbers."

Dr. Lea Dopson, Chair of the Hospitality Management program commented, "Students appreciate opportunities to network with industry professionals and learn about their field of study at shows like this.  Rarely do they get the opportunity to spend quality time with such an influential and genuinely compassionate person as Chef Carino."

Johnny Carino ended his time with the students sharing a simple, positive thought, "The best thing in life is what happens next."

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