Story #003 – Jordan Fulchiero

NAME: Jordan Fulchiero

CULINARY SCHOOL AFFILIATION: Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts Pittsburg (Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts)

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Jordan Fulchiero graduated from the University Of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors Degree in Laboratory Science after having spent her entire undergrad life with medical school as the end game.  However, after working at a Jewish Bakery in Squirrel Hill she was bitten by the culinary bug!

Her father, an amazing physician, one day asked her what she loved to do?  She told him that she loved to cook and that her dream was to be a chef! Her dad said, “OK, go try culinary school, see where it takes you and how you feel after the first semester, then make your decision.” 

I week later she enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts). She sailed through Culinary School and immediate entered the workforce. After working in a variety of restaurants on the West Coast, she began to miss her family and friends and returned to take a job in North Carolina where she eventually met her husband. Together they ended up running a small Italian Restaurant in Chapel Hill for several years. However, after starting a family, Jordan took a couple of positions that provided a better work / life balance, including the Director of Food and Beverage for a large hospital group where she worked for almost 10 years. During here time there, she also began working in the evenings as a Culinary Instructor at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham. 

Currently, Jordan works at Durham Technical Community College, which she just loves! “I can’t describe the amount of satisfaction I get, each and every day, to be able to give the students, staff, and public fresh locally sourced food at a price that is affordable. To be able to give back to the community that has served myself, my husband, and my three kids is priceless. There is no greater satisfaction than being happy about going to work each day, happy about seeing your teammates, and happy to be giving back to Durham, a place that has given me so much every single day”.

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