Future of Foodservice Student Spotlight: Kyle Clark

Posted by IFMA October 27, 2014

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Kyle Clark is a 2013 IFMA International Gold & Silver Plate Society internship stipend recipient. He attends Cornell University and is majoring in Food Science. Find out what he had to say when we asked him a few questions about his foodservice stipend and future career.

What is your major & what made you decide on it?
My major is Food Science. The summer between my freshmen and sophomore year I became really interested in both food and cooking. I really enjoyed walking through supermarkets and checking all of the unique, new food products. Knowing that I no longer wanted to study Animal Science, I took an intro Food Science class the following semester and fell in love with the major. Three years later and I about to graduate with a Food Science degree!

My first job in foodservice was an R&D Internship at Heinz.

How has your stipend enabled you to pursue a career in foodservice?
There are a lot of activities in college that are personally enriching and relevant to food service, but unfortunately don't pay. Luckily the Gold & Silver Plate Society Scholarship gives me the freedom to pursue meaningful experiences in college, while not having to worry about financing my education. For example activities like Product Development Team take up a sizable chunk of time each week and it would be nearly impossible to balance school, product development, and other extracurricular activities, on top of a demanding job.

What was your first job in foodservice?
My first job in foodservice was an R&D Internship at Heinz. I learned about product formulation and marketing while prototyping new snacks for their frozen meals division. This internship affirmed my interest in pursuing a food science related career.

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Do you have a mentor?  How have they helped you?
Yes, my academic advisor Professor Alicia Orta-Ramirez has played a huge role in my life over the past three years. Alicia is always available to meet up with students, shows a genuine interest in our lives, and most importantly offers that little extra nudge to encourage students to take on difficult, but meaningful activities and roles.

What is your favorite meal?
I am a big fan of anything with mushrooms. In addition to favorite foods, my favorite places to get food are greasy spoon dinners. I just really like the feel and atmosphere, even if the food isn't always five star.

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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