Chef Brian McCormick discovered a love of cooking while he was in high school. An after-school job as a parking attendant for a local New York Italian restaurant gave him access to the kitchen. Among the aromas, sights, noise, chaos and food, he made his career choice.
In the late 1970s, Chef McCormick obtained an Associate of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America. Industry management was his first choice as he made his way through the DuPoint Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware and then to Mendenhall Inn in Mendenhall, Pennsylvania. Becoming a chef actually happened at The Inn at Long Trail, in Pico, Vermont where, by chance, the resident chef didn't show up for his shift and McCormick's path was forever changed.
Almost twenty years later and now highly skilled in the industry as a chef, McCormick landed in Austin and continued his career at Scholz Beer Garden, Wyndam South Park, Choices Deli and HEB, as one of the founders of the Cooking Connection.
Chef McCormick soon joined the staff at ACC and gained a new love of teaching. He says he is amazed at how much he learns from his students, and hopes they learn as much from him. Chef McCormick is a full time member of the Culinary Arts department.
What does the future hold for Chef McCormick? "One thing I have learned in the last 33 years of cooking is that you may not know where you are going, or exactly how it is going to work out, or where you will end up, but one thing is for sure you will never starve and you most likely will have one hell of a good time getting there. So have fun in the kitchen, eat all your mistakes, and try not to repeat them."