Julie Fiedler is a shining example of what happens when you mix opportunity with hard work, determination, and an insatiable appetite for learning. Julie is an EVIT graduate from 2007 (East Valley Institute of Technology, in Mesa, AZ) where she initially discovered C-CAP and went on to receive a full-tuition Bachelors Degree Scholarship to the Art Institute of Phoenix. Her time at the Art Institute brought her first big opportunity: to travel abroad and participate in a series of ACF cooking competitions, from Shanghai & Austria to San Diego and New York City. It was in New York that Julie was part of the very first team of students to ever participate in Iron Chef America.
Her travels not only yielded a number of medals and accolades, but provided her with the kind of experience that really shapes a person; Julie affirms that these experiences were a huge part of her self-discovery, as both a young woman and a chef. Her personal struggle to find her place also led her to Piedmont, Italy for a Masters degree in Food, Culture, and Communications at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, as well as an Internship at theInstitute of Theology and Ecology in Crete, Greece.
Julie’s incredibly diverse education, travel, and experience led to where she is now—to what she calls her “dream job” as a private chef with RIPE Personal Chef Services. When asked about the obstacles she had to overcome, Julie recalls not having a strong sense of direction when she started her journey and really struggling to find her place in the world, but she praises C-CAP for being a true source of support and opportunity along the way. She attributes much of her success to being a part of the C-CAP family. And as for the rest, she says “I pretty much never said ‘no’ to any opportunity that came my way – I am so happy I stuck to what I loved and persisted…it was my perseverance and hard work that has gotten me to where I am now.”