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A Taste of the Future
South Tech Alum Secures World-Class Culinary Internship

"I didn't think that I would get it. It just seemed way out there."

Two months into his internship under renowned Chef Pierre Chambrin, this is Brody Kampshroeder's sentiment.

"I heard about the opportunity at school, applied, interviewed and before I knew it, I had the position."

Brody, who graduated in May after completing the Culinary Arts program at South Technical High School, knew that his love for cooking meant that he would continue his career in that direction.

He is now interning under Chambrin, former White House chef to the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton presidential administrations, and is guaranteed a job in either New York or California at the end of his internship.

The SSD Career and Technical Education Division partners with more than 370 employers and schools, helping students gain the experience and opportunities they'll need to succeed after graduation, like Brody's three-year internship.

"I am so very proud of Brody," said Lori Breeding, Brody's mom. "His teachers David Bass and Melissa Gray were phenomenal. He was well-prepared and supported to pursue this dream internship."

Brody works six days a week at Saint Louis Club, honing his skills in a variety of areas. He reports that he loves every aspect of the job.

"Every day is different. Usually they put me in a different station daily. I get to jump in and learn on the go," said Brody.

His instructors at South Tech say that Brody is the kind of student who easily adjusts and has an enthusiasm for learning the industry.

"Some kids you can tell right away that they are going to be in the industry. Brody was one of those kids," said Gray. "You could see his passion in the kitchen."

Brody hopes to use the skills he mastered at South Tech, as well as what he is now learning at Saint Louis Club, to one day open up his own café and record store. "I'm excited about the future," said Brody. "Who doesn't love good food, coffee and music," said Brody.
Brody Kampshroeder
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