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James Taylor

With more than 23 years of industry experience, James Taylor brings a wealth of real-world experience to his Culinary Apprentice program.

"We want them to understand it's a real world out there, not just school," Taylor says.

Culinary Apprentice students work at a restaurant while attending an intensive course of study at Columbus State. Graduates are in Columbus' finest kitchens, such as Martini Modern Italian, Angry Baker, "M", The Lakes Golf Club and Barcelona. The program's Hot Food Team takes on all comers in American Culinary Federation-sanctioned competitions and is considered a perennial powerhouse.

The Culinary Apprentice program is part of the Hospitality Department, which also includes Baking & Pastries, Dietetic Technician, Casino Management and Hotel, Tourism & Event Management.