SICE grad joins Disney culinary program

A 2013 graduate from GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education entered a unique program that had her rooming with Winnie-the-Pooh!

Mary Hefferan came to  SICE after working for The Grand Rapids Press for 17 years. After graduation, she was accepted to the Disney College Culinary Program at Walt Disney World. The program is available to current culinary students or to those who have graduated within the past six months.

“I’ve been cooking for the quick service food court, rotating in the grill, fry, sandwich, pasta, carving, salad and prep stations, as well as training in the dessert, salad and fry stations for the full-service restaurant at Port Orleans,” she said.

Hefferan said the work is fast-paced, and she lives in a Disney apartment that she shares with five other people – three of them actors who portray Mickey, Minnie, Daisy Duck, Pluto and Winnie-the-Pooh.

While her internship was supposed to end March 21, she has been asked to continue through October.

“Disney has ‘deployed’ me to work at Fort Wilderness, their Western-themed resort, in the Quiet Canyon Cafe, a table-service restaurant, from March to October, so I’ll be rotating through more of the prep and line stations rather than quick service,” she said, adding that her Disney experience will be a valuable enhancement to her SICE skills.

“I just want to let you know how much I appreciate you as individuals and all I have learned from all of the instructors at Secchia,” she said, adding: “I know I have received the best training available at any price!”

To learn more about the Disney College Culinary Program, click here.

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