Alumni Spotlight: Ana Washko

Ana Washko with Chris Santos from Chopped

Ana Washko with Chris Santos from Chopped

Ana Washko, a 2013 Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Culinary Arts and Upper Moreland High School graduate, is currently completing her Associate Degree in Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University. In the spring of 2015, she will pursue her Bachelor Degree in Food Service Management at Johnson and Wales University with a concentration in Food and Beverage.  She credits her clear career goals and motivation to succeed to her grandmother for introducing her to the craft, and to her time spent at EASTERN while in high school.

Ana has always had a passion for food, but her grandmother was the one who got her involved with cooking. She credits her grandmother as being the best cook she has ever met, and when she passed away, she decided to get into the food service industry when she was older.  Ana attended EASTERN’s Summer Fun Cooking and Baking program while in middle school – which piqued her interest in attending while in high school. While in 10th grade, she attended EASTERN’s Open House, and felt as though it was the right place for her to start achieving her culinary dreams.

Through her culinary program at Johnson and Wales University, Ana recently completed her internship in Disney World where she worked at Tony’s Town Square in the Magic Kingdom.

“EASTERN was an amazing opportunity. I learned so much while I was at EASTERN – both the culinary aspect and the pastry aspect of my career,” said Ana.  “Thanks to EASTERN, I received early enrollment at Johnson and Wales University, and was accepted into their FAST TRACK program, a competitive program offered to only 40 students. EASTERN helped me to become who I am today, and was the first building block in my career path — and for that I am forever grateful. If I can be even half as good of a chef as my grandmother, I will be accomplishing my dream and my passion.”

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