Brian Inkell, WMCC Culinary Program, Class of
Brian Inkell, WMCC Culinary Program, Class of 2011
Resort Banquet Chef, Omni Mt. Washington, Bretton Woods NH.
Brian spent 21 years as a furniture builder with Ethan Allen Global, in Beecher Falls, VT. When Ethan Allen closed its operations in 2009, Brian needed a change in direction and found it with the Culinary Arts program at White Mountains Community College. Brian enrolled in the associate degree program while working as a line cook and chef at the Balsam’s resort in Dixville Notch, NH. After graduation Brian was promoted to outlet chef. When the Balsams closed, Brian secured a job at the Omni Mt. Washington resort as a banquet cook. He left the Onmi Mt. Washington briefly and returned as chef tournant, a position that requires broad knowledge of cooking techniques and expertise preparing any dish on the menu. Brian was recently promoted to Resort Banquet Chef.
Of his experience as a career-changer, Brian says: “WMCC made the transition from Ethan Allen into culinary easy for me. Martha Laflamme (vice president of student affairs) was a huge help from the first day I met her to register for classes to the day I graduated. I worked very hard to get where I am, but I would not be where I am today without the help of Travis Giles, Kurt Hohmeister and Matt Holland (culinary program faculty) who gave me the tools to succeed in my new career.”