With all of the interest in food these days, many myths exist about what it's like to work in the industry. The Paul C.P. McIlhenny Culinary Entrepreneurship Program is designed to encourage food start-up businesses in the area and to offer educational business training for aspiring chefs and other culinary professionals.

The Mentorship Program’s main goals are to:

  • Hold master classes conducted by chefs for aspiring chefs in New Orleans, at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, and at other places around the country.
  • Hold “Mentor Conversations” between food professionals and culinary students. The professionals may be food journalists, photographers, executives in manufacturing and processing facilities, and other professionals working in the food and beverage industry, but not necessarily chefs.
  • Continue with our ongoing internship program in cooperation with colleges, universities, and trade schools around the world.
  • Hold quarterly informational programs for culinary entrepreneurs and start-up food business owners.

The Paul C.P. McIlhenny Culinary Entrepreneurship Program is supported in part by Domino Foods, Inc.