Brian Inkell, WMCC Culinary Program, Class of

Brian Inkell, WMCC Culinary Program, Class of

Brian Inkell photoBrian 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.”