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Charles Richards

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Culinary arts

Being at Alfred State, Charles said, is like a second home because of the friendliness of the college community.


Charles Richards began honing his culinary arts skills a few years ago when he studied at the only culinary-based high school in New York City.

After enrolling at Alfred State, Charles was able to expand his knowledge to include all facets of the food industry, from mass food production to fine dining, the latter of which is his favorite. He plans on pursuing either catering or becoming a private chef.

Being at Alfred State, Charles said, is like a second home because of the friendliness of the college community.

“The professors help you along the way. They make sure you have a good head on your shoulders before you enter the workforce, and they really push you to be who you are, cook how you want to cook, and encourage you to bring something new to the table.”

Speaking about the value of his education, Charles said, “You can have a hands-on experience here and there at other schools, but Alfred State is one of those places where they show you everything. There is nothing you cannot learn how to do or how to master.”

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