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Culinary Arts Department
Eastview Campus
Building 3000
3401 Webberville Road
Austin, TX 78702
E-mail: culinary@austincc.edu

Chef Erika Bongort
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Food is the Passion which Drives Me!

Chef Bongort has been a passionate participant in the foodservice industry for over 30 years, with experience ranging from hotels and catering to white tablecloth restaurants. She also has experience in agriculture and farming, actively working on her family’s farm for in Eastern Pennsylvania for 5 years.. Chef Bongort is a native of the New Jersey who successfully completed her  AAS in Culinary Arts from Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, New Jersey, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She went on to pursue her bachelor’s degree and achieved a B.A. in Hospitality and Restaurant Management from the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vt.

Chef Bongort's teaching philosophy is , " You must know the basics; the products, the taste, the composition, the textures, the science before anything else. Food is a medium for one's expression." 

Chef Bongort  expects students to have an open mind and a willingness to learn, to be serious, professional and respectful. She believes that going to school is only the first of many steps to growth. When not teaching or working
Chef Bongort  can be found spending time outdoors with her best bud, her pit bull Ruby Sue.

To honor and respect that which you eat is what makes one a better chef.

 

 

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