Future of Foodservice Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Kuhrt

Posted by IFMA July 22, 2013

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Elizabeth Kuhrt - University of Illinois

Elizabeth Kuhrt is a 2010 recipient of a Gold & Silver Plate Society Stipend. She is a graduate of University of Illinois from Naperville, Ill. Find out what she had to say when we asked her a few questions about her foodservice internship and career.

How has the stipend enabled you?
The stipend helped me during my college career to allow me to focus on my studies and not have to be stressed about holding more than a part time job while I attended class. I was able to use that extra time to exceed in my coursework and hold positions within our food science organizations to grow my network and be more involved in the college.

What was your first job in foodservice?

My first job in foodservice was working for Sara Lee as a sensory science intern.

What have you been doing since graduation?
After graduating, I received a position as a product developer for Kraft Foods. Here I have been able to work on some wonderful iconic brands including Shake 'N Bake, Stove Top Stuffing, Taco Bell Home Originals Products, and Jell-O. It has been a truly great experience thus far, and more exciting than I could have ever imagined coming out of school!

How are you using social media as a networking tool for employment?
I use LinkedIn as a great tool to keep in contact with the many colleges and classmates I have met through my education and being in the industry.

Do you have a mentor?  How have they helped you?
I have had many mentors as I have moved from university to the food industry. They are people I reach out to when making tough decisions and those I feel I can learn from their previous experiences.

What are your hobbies?
I LOVE to bake, cook, workout, read, try new restaurants, paint, DIY projects, swim, bike, run and do pretty much anything outdoors!

What is your favorite meal?
Anything with a large amount of garlic. It's my absolute favorite!

About The IFMA Educational Foundation

The IFMA Educational Foundation promotes the next generation of foodservice leaders. The Foundation is committed to give qualified culinary, marketing or food science students support toward completion of education requirements.  Over the years, we've accomplished our goal by providing scholarships, publications, educational programs, internships and stipends to accredited institutions and individuals enrolled in accredited institutions.

Do you want to support the next generation of foodservice by making a donation to IFMA's Educational Foundation?  Contact us at ifma@ifmaworld.com.

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