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| August 5, 2015

Experience in Flagstaff sparks her imagination

By Terence Murnin • Arizona Culinary Institute • Special to Arizona Education News Service • Arizona School Boards Association

Kelly LeSueur, Arizona Culinary Institute’s July 2015 Student of the Month was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, and this fearless culinary student began her journey in the culinary arts with a “trial by fire” job as a breakfast cook at Lux Central in the city, a rustic café and bakery serving an eclectic, ever-changing menu plus coffee, wine, beer and cocktails.

“I had no kitchen experience, but they took a chance on me and were willing to mold me,” laughs a very understated LeSueur. “I’d show up at five in the morning and create a seven-item self-service breakfast menu and it was an awesome experience.”

LeSueur next journeyed to Flagstaff, AZ where she considered attending school, but instead ended up working at The Toasted Owl Café.

“It was such a great opportunity and I had a hand in designing a new menu, which included a weekend brunch with Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas,” explains LeSueur. “The experience definitely sparked my imagination, and I then decided that this was what I wanted to do with my life.”

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