Student Spotlight: Lucy Montalbano

Student Spotlight: Lucy Montalbano

Lucy Montalbano
Major: Culinology

Lucy Montalbano always enjoyed being in and around the kitchen, formulating new recipes and cooking for others.

“Throughout high school, I was part of my local Varsity Science Olympiad team, and this spurred me to pursue a career in the field of food science,” she said. “Chef Timothy Meyers at College of DuPage told me about the newer field of culinology, which offers a balance between the culinary arts and food science. Not only do you learn how to cook and prepare both common and intricate dishes, you also learn why different processes and reactions happen and how to use them to their advantage. Due to my love of being in the kitchen, I decided this was the best degree for me.”  

Montalbano liked COD for other reasons: its recent growth and renovations, its close in proximity to her home, and especially the caliber of the instructors. Through them she has improved her skills while exploring food science.

“I have become much more adept at handling and diffusing situations with different personality types, and my love for and knowledge of food science has increased due to the efficient way my instructors have covered the teaching material,” she said. “Networking is also a huge part of what I’ve seen in this field, and I have made many new friendships and connections through the program.”  

After earning her Associate in Applied Science in Culinology, Montalbano would like to continue her education in food science and pursue a career that involves developing flavors or working in research and development for a large manufacturer. 

She highly recommends College of DuPage to any students considering the Culinary Arts program.

“COD offers a brilliant, affordable program that is the marvel of other schools for both its convenience and excellence,” she said. “Personally, I feel that the instructors and chefs really work with you and help you in your studies. I’ve heard many times throughout my classes that we can always learn something new. 

“The instructors here are marvelous and you can see that they really want to help you succeed. I have enjoyed my time at COD immensely and urge others to consider it.” 

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