Mark of Excellence
Welcome to the Ridgeland High School Academy of Culinary Arts 2022-23! My name is Levi Williams, and I am one of two Chef/Instructors for the Academy. This year I will be teaching ALL FOUR levels of the Classroom part of the course, and Chef Wynn will be teaching ALL FOUR levels of Lab. We will be sharing students and working together to ensure we give you the best possible experience! I discovered my love for cooking at a very young age "helping" my grandmother in her kitchen. While it was always something I enjoyed, and while I had several part-time foodservice jobs just to earn a bit of money, it wasn't until I was about 19 that I decided I might want to make it a career. For the next decade or so I worked as hard as I could to climb the ladder. I have held almost every possible restaurant job from dishwasher to executive chef, and from busser to general manager. I even owned a restaurant in Hattiesburg for a time. I was lucky enough to work in some great restaurants in MS, CA, and FL. As much as I loved that world, I always felt something was missing. I came from a family of educators, and something was always pulling me towards teaching. I went back to school and graduated with a Social Studies Education degree from Florida State University in 2007. I have been a high school teacher ever since, and when the opportunity came to be the first teacher for this program, and to help build it and watch it grow, it was something I knew I had to do. I am grateful everyday to be able to combine my love of teaching with my love of cooking and the restaurant industry.
PLEASE SEE THE "ACADEMY HANDBOOK AND SYLLABI" TAB TO THE LEFT FOR THIS INFORMATION.