Michael Minnich, Culinary Arts


Steve Jobs counseled that “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Try County Tech adult culinary student, Michael Minnich was looking for a career change from being a full time chemist and decided to adventure into the complex world of cooking. With a PhD in chemistry, Michael was intrigued with the idea of demonstrating how leveners work in cakes and biscuits. He says that “the environment and the culture at Tri County Tech have provided a safe place to learn [where he] can make suggestions and try new things.”

Michael appreciates how the Culinary Arts program at Tri County Tech combines a business (the Osage Market at TCT) with education (the classroom, curriculum, and instructor experience) and experimentation – the part where Michael can get into the kitchen and try new things. He says, “I’ve been given the freedom and trust to try new things” and adds that he has discovered a newfound love in the art of cooking. Since starting in the Culinary Arts program at TCT, Michael has been working on the cook line at Hillcrest Country Club. He is excited to pursue a new career in fine dining and, perhaps, one day become an executive chef himself.