This page serves to highlight the huge variety of careers, achievements and stories from the graduates of our Professional Culinary Program. Connect with experienced alumni to reflect on their education and career journeys since graduating from The Culinary School of Fort Worth.

Alumni Spotlight: Lauren Cook

Restaurant chef vs. private chef: Alumna shares her journey through both industries By Celestina Blok Lauren Cook’s restaurant resume runs deep. The Arlington native and former college volleyball player has cooked in some of Fort Worth’s most popular kitchens, from...

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Alumni Spotlight: Allan Price

Alumni Spotlight: Allan Price By Celestina Blok It was 2019 when West Texas native Allan Price packed his bags and moved six hours away to Fort Worth, leaving his small town behind in exchange for big city life and the start of a new endeavor – enrollment in the...

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Alumni Businesses

Alumni Story: Caitlyn Halcomb

Taste catering & events

Austin Exum, a graduate from our Professional Culinary Program has started up a business as a private chef. His catering company pride themselves on sourcing local products, using modern techniques and scratch cooking. His catering company offers private dinners such as:

    • Business Diners
    • Weddings
    • Gatherings
Alumni Story: Caitlyn Halcomb


Blackland Distillery is owned and operated by fellow alumnus Markus Kypreos. This modern distillery offers a spirit-forward menu of craft Vodka, Gin, Bourbon, and Rye cocktails. They also offer small bites in a sophisticated, yet intimate tasting room. They have won numerous awards such as:

    • Best Date Night 2020 – Culture Map
    • Swankiest Bar 2020 – Culture Map
    • Best Lounge 2020 – Fort Worth Magazine
Alumni Story: Caitlyn Halcomb

Neri's on the square

Neri, a former student from The Culinary School of Fort Worth, opened her first restaurant in 2009 with her husband and co-owner, Jonathan Gonzales, in Graham, Texas. Neri’s has fulfilled her lifelong dream of opening her own restaurant. Some services Neri’s on the Square offers is live music, catering, sit-down service, and holiday pies.

Read more about her story here.

Alumni Story: Caitlyn Halcomb

meyer & sage

Meyer & Sage is a unique culinary studio space run by not 1, but 3 alumnus from The Culinary School of Fort Worth. Chef Joshua Morrow, Chef Gary Desormier, and Chef Proprietor; Callie Salls focus on educating our community on healthy eating alternatives. They offer 3 different services:

    • Grab & Go
    • Weekly Meal Deliveries
    • Boutique Catering
Alumni Story: Caitlyn Halcomb

My Father's Table

After retirement, David Brittle attended The Culinary School of Fort Worth to pursue his dreams of becoming a culinarian. He graduated with honors and shortly after that, he was offered to purchase a catering company. His dreams of being a culinarian became true and is now the owner of My Father’s Table. They focus on lunches to go, cooking classes, date nights, rehearsal dinners, and private events. 

Alumni Story: Caitlyn Halcomb

Shadown Peak Chuckwagon

A National Champion in Lubbock, an old newton wagon to many people, but a trasure to former student. Shadown Peak Chuckwagon take their wagon to prepare meals in different states such as Louisiana, New Mexico, Kansas, and back to Texas. A catering service with a traditional cowboy style and a hint of country makes the best combination for southern cuisine.

Alumni Story: Caitlyn Halcomb

Rocking M&M Farms, Bakery and Catering

A family farm turned into a cottage bakery, catering services, a farm-to-table experiece, and event venue, Rocking M&M Farms, Bakery and Catering Services is available in DFW. Their main focus is sustainability and modifying the “American diet”.

Alumni Story: Caitlyn Halcomb

Dine with Dayj

DayJus is a Dallas native and a graduate of The Culinary School of Fort Worth. She has been a foodie since she was eight years of age. It has been said that in every dish that you consume from her, you can taste her passion and love in every bite. Dine with DayJ provides healthy cooking options, catering services, and meal planning.

Read more about alumni DayJus here»

Alumni Story: Caitlyn Halcomb

Captivating Kitchen

Dylan Hendricks started her own business making custom cookies for all types of occasions. Located in Scottsdale Arizone, Captivating Kitchen definetly captures your eye with some amazing cookie designs. A professional who mastered her techniques in our Baking & Pastry course in our Professional Culinary Program.

Alumni Story: Caitlyn Halcomb

The Cake Bakery

That’s The Cake Bakery is an Arlington, Texas-based business specializing in the creation of delectable desserts and custom wedding cakes. This family-owned-and-operated bakery can create a myriad of tasty confectionery that is guaranteed to be the main talking point of your big celebration. Each treat is crafted with love and strives to go above and beyond for your event.