Inspirational leaders say the most amazing things. Chef Ron is an inspirational leader. Here, gathered by his students and co-workers, are some of those amazing things. They really go to the heart of what the Community Culinary School of Charlotte is all about:
We are an educational theater here. We help them get off the dole and on the payroll.
We are not a work environment. We are a learning environment.
We are sending out people who are seasoned….
We’re privileged to do what we do here. It makes sense. It’s definitely a calling. For me it wasn’t a burning bush type thing. But it was definitely a calling. I don’t question it anymore, what type of will brought me here, whose will. It wasn’t my will.
There is no policeman here. There is not principal here — and there’s no Daddy here. We are adults exchanging information. If students want the information, it will make them a better product, we guarantee it. The better the product they become, the more America is willing to pay for them. That’s the American way.
We’re in a “teach a man to fish” situation here. How do you feed a hungry kid? Well, you get their mom and dad a good job and they start to see that legacy is born in the child.