Culinary School: Johnson & Wales University
Program: Associate’s in Culinary Arts , Graduated in 1993
Current Position: Coordinator of the Culinary Arts Certificate Program at UPR, Carolina
The Scholarship Foundation for Hotel & Tourism Studies first awarded Felipe a scholarship for Bachelor’s degree studies in Hotel and Restaurant Administration at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts.
In 1994, Felipe returned to Puerto Rico to share his knowledge of food and beverage with the students in the Hotel and Restaurant Administration program at the UPR, Carolina campus. He taught various courses such as wine, sanitation, purchasing, basic and advanced managerial cooking and others.. However, the kitchen called and Felipe left the island for Florida in 1996 and work at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cyprus Resort in Lake Buena Vista in Orlando. After that experience, Felipe accepted a position with well known chef, Emeril Lagasse in New Orleans at NOLA’s Restaurant for a couple of years. He also learned Indian cuisine and returned to Puerto Rico in 2000 as Chef de Cuisine at the new Tantra Restaurant in Old San Juan.
Being adventurous and curious by nature, Felipe wanted to learn pastry arts and boulangerie. So in 2002 he enrolled in the Ecole Gregoire Ferrandi in Paris for a certificate diploma. He learned French and worked at Potet & Chabot, a Parisian catering business, perfecting his skills in cookies, cakes, chocolate, petit fours and ice creams.
In 2009, Felipe returned to Puerto Rico where he worked as a bar and restaurant consultant. Felipe’s expertise in Indian cuisine, pastries, bread making and teaching skills let him toward the development of a culinary arts certificate program. In 2013, Felipe joined the School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration at the University of Puerto Rico, Carolina campus as Coordinator of the new culinary arts certificate program.
Felipe is once again a scholarship recipient and is studying for an Executive MBA degree at Universidad Interamericana. Felipe’s advice to future scholarship recipients is “Follow your dreams and passions and they will lead you to success!