Perrodin honored as culinary educator of the year

Sean Perrodin, Educator of the Year

The Foodservice Educators Network International recently named North campus culinary arts instructor Sean Perrodin as its 2011 Educator of the Year. The award recognizes Perrodin’s accomplishments and leadership in the foodservice-educator community, as well as his impact on the field of culinary education. Perrodin serves as lead culinary arts instructor at the SJC North campus, and as the faculty advisor for the campus’ student-operated Culinary Arts Club.

Steve Rudd, North campus culinary arts department chair, says he can think of no one more deserving of the honor than Perrodin. “Chef Sean has done a fantastic job of building our program, educating students about culinary arts, and serving as a leader in life and as a human being,” Rudd commented. “He has a wide range of culinary skills, creativity, a winning personality, the ability to innovate, and he possesses and applies tremendous leadership skills, making those working and learning around him successful.”

Since Perrodin took the position as lead culinary arts instructor three years ago, the graduation rates in the program have more than doubled, enrollment in the program has doubled, and a new pastry chef degree plan has been added. Perrodin uses innovative teaching techniques, such as class scavenger hunts, culinary graffiti, culinary excellence dinner challenges, and team building exercises that involve students teaching community members how to cook. “There is a positive buzz on campus about culinary arts,” Rudd remarked.

Congratulations to Chef Sean and thank you for all you do for San Jacinto College and our students.