My GRCC Story: ‘Michigan’s Best Doughnut’ winner Jeff Meyer says GRCC prepared him for success

Jeff Meyer smiling and holding a fritter.

Start at GRCC and go anywhere. Every former student has a story to tell about how GRCC gave them the education and opportunity to be successful.

After coming close with an honorable mention in 2014, Jeff Meyer now knows how victory tastes.

His business, Meyers’ Bakery & Beanery in Lake Odessa, is home to MLive’s 2020 Michigan’s Best Doughnut

But running the bakery that produced the No. 1 doughnut takes more than just a winning recipe, and Meyer still draws on what he learned at Grand Rapids Junior College.

He came to GRJC’s culinary program with a passion for cooking. 

“I had worked in a couple of restaurants but wasn’t exactly sure what direction I was going, but GRJC gave me various experiences in the culinary field and, with the help of some top chefs and hospitality associates, gave me knowledge of things I had no clue of coming from a small farming community,” he said.

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