American Culinary Federation (Texas Chapter) Student of the Year
Associates Degree in Culinary Arts
When you meet Tyler Mae Hunt you can’t help but notice the passion that radiates off of her. TylerMae grew up in Trinidad and India and has been immersed in the Culinary Arts culture since she was a young girl. “My family has always been in the Culinary Arts business, so I grew up watching my family prepare all different types of Indian and Trinidadian dishes.” When TylerMae was 17 years old she moved to the United States where everything was different. “The food here didn’t taste the same as it did in India or Trinidad. Even if I had all the correct spices nothing was as fresh or tasted as good”, TylerMae said. She has worked a variety of different jobs in her life but never lost the passion she had for Culinary Arts. She decided now was the time for her to put her passion to work and began Culinary Institute LeNotre in March 2011. She is currently enrolled in the Culinary Arts Associates of Applied Science degree program.
TylerMae was recently nominated and awarded the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Texas Chapter Student of the Year. She was nominated by Chef’s that are members of the ACF Texas Chapter. These Chefs’ are from all over the Houston area and choose her specifically for this award. Culinary Institute LeNotre has played a big role in the skills TylerMae as learned, “Chef Pierre and Chef Sebastian has been my inspiration here at Culinary Institute LeNotre. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. They make me want to do more and more to improve my skills.” TylerMae currently works at a private fine dining establishment working as a sous chef alongside Chef Lester. “Along with Chef Pierre and Chef Sebastian, Chef Lester has taught me so much. My inspiration comes from these three Chefs!”
Currently, TylerMae is planning on traveling to Africa, France and Spain after graduation. Her plan is to absorb as much information and experience that she can. “My goal is to open my own restaurant someday in the Houston area, New York and Caribbean. I want to bring unique ice-cream flavors to Texas as well as Indian, Caribbean and French fused cuisine to make one of kind dishes.” Ten years down the road TylerMae wants to teach those who have a passion for food like herself. “I want to be on every billboard and magazine in the industry someday. I want to make it big, that’s my goal!” says TylerMae.
On August 4th, TylerMae will accept this prestigious Student of the Year award at an ACF luncheon. Since winning this award, she is now eligible to be the state of Texas ACF Student of the Year.