My Story Started at GRCC: Chef Darrin Mayweather says GRCC gave him discipline, tools to be successful

Darrin Mayweather smiling.

Darrin Mayweather has a favorite among his many memories of his time as a GRCC student.

“My favorite GRCC memory is graduation,” he said. “Both my great-grandmothers and my son were able to see me walk across the stage.”

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 graduating from GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education with an associate degree and a personal chef certification, Mayweather earned a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from Ferris State University.

He has taken his culinary skills to kitchens in casual and fine dining establishments and health care facilities. In 2019, he and fellow GRCC alumnus Chris Sampson founded Social Arts LLC, a full-service catering and private chef business.

“GRCC’s culinary program gave me the discipline and tools I needed to be successful and to find my niche in the culinary world,” Mayweather said. “GRCC gave me the structure and knowledge necessary to successfully start and run a business. In addition, the diverse population was an accurate depiction of what I’m around in my day-to-day life – which I love.”

Mayweather returned to GRCC in January, as an adjunct instructor in the culinary program where he prepares his students to experience the thrill he felt walking across the graduation stage.

“GRCC is a staple in the community that truly supports diversity and higher education while supplying all the tools necessary to successfully complete one of the many programs offered,” he said.

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