I’m a resident of Harbour Island and a proud graduate of the very first CTI-HITS Culinary Class. I graduated in October of 2019 and during my course, I learned a lot of baking skills. Additionally, I refined my understanding of sanitizing protocols and gained more organizational skills. The program helped me to sharpen my culinary skills and to gain a lot of confidence in the kitchen and within my profession. I learned that it’s okay to make mistakes, and more often than not, even with a mistake, people will still find the food to be delicious.  

Since completing this program, I was offered a full-time job as a private chef.  I’ve worked as a full-time private chef now for a year and a half and it’s provided a lot of unique opportunities, including traveling and connecting with other chefs in the industry. Currently, I’m traveling throughout the United States trying new foods. I recently toured the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York and I intend to apply at the CIA to continue my education in the culinary arts for the fall of 2022. 

Here’s what his instructor had to say.

Jaden McPhee was one of ten students in the first CTI-HITS Culinary Course in 2019.   Coincidentally, I knew his grandmother, his mom, and his father from my many years as the Executive Chef, at the Coral Sands. It was quite a surprise and pleasure to meet him as a young man in the classroom, eager to learn cooking and baking.  

Jaden’s innate cooking talent was soon apparent and his curiosity about the process was clear.  He was an all-around good student and a young man with cooking talent. 

He arrived early to class to help set up for the day and was the last one to leave in the afternoon, making sure all kitchen chores were done. He also often broke the ice in class with humor when it was needed.

I feel Jaden has the ability and desire to soar in the Culinary world.

– Chef Susan Neff – Chef and Culinary Instructor