What do chefs do upon completion of their culinary training from Star Career Culinary Academy? If you’re Chef Jesse Benasaraf of our Syosset campus, within months of graduating, you land the position of Line Chef at Zinburger, one of the hottest gourmet hamburger joints in the U.S. This is especially remarkable because Jesse did not have any professional culinary training before attending Star.
After researching various culinary schools, Jesse ended up at Star because of its affordability and quality reputation. Jesse is proud of his choice to attend Star, and has found his training to be most useful, as a coworker of his did not attend culinary school and is lacking the skills, which Jesse learned at Star.
During his training at Star Career Academy Long Island, Jesse completed two rewarding externships. One was at West End Café, an established restaurant on Long Island, where he was responsible for his own food prep station. His second externship gave him the opportunity to independently prepare salads and desserts, which were all made in-house (even the ice cream). This component is typical of our curriculum, which emphasizes “learning by doing.” This experience, paired with the skills he learned at Star, qualified Jesse for a full-time position at this trendy wine and burger bar in Huntington, NY.
Jesse advises current students to continue working hard and to stay focused. He credits his success to the dedicated instructors at Star Career Academy, his supportive family, and his own work ethic. One of the greatest phone calls he ever received was from a member of our Career Services Staff, letting him know about this position at Zinburger. When asked what his future looks like, Jesse simply states “limitless.”