Culinary Career Path
Class of 2013
“Wake Tech is helping me turn my dreams into reality.”
— Gabriella Woodson
Gabriella Woodson likes to dream big: The 21-year-old wants to open her own restaurant, and she’s not wasting any time. After graduating from Garner Senior High School, Gabriella turned to Wake Tech to pursue her goal of becoming a chef. “My parents and I toured the Southern Wake (Main) Campus and met some of the instructors,” she says. “I knew Wake Tech was a perfect fit for me!” Gabriella earned her associate’s degree in Culinary Arts in 2012 and is on track to graduate with a degree in Hospitality Management in 2013.
Gabriella has a full plate. In addition to her studies, she serves as a Wake Tech ambassador, is a member of Sigma Alpha Pi – The National Society of Leadership and Success – and works at a Raleigh restaurant. On top of all that, Gabriella started her own catering company! Business is so brisk she has had to hire six employees. She says balancing a busy schedule is tough, but time management and support from her instructors make it easier. “Whether the question is about work or school, they’re always available and willing to offer advice,” she says. “It’s really helped me a lot!”
Gabriella loves to cook and entertain and is convinced that she can channel her passion for food into a career. “I came to Wake Tech with a plan – and the college is helping me turn my dreams into reality.”