Hello, my Name is Ryan O'Malley and I am the new Culinary Arts Instructor at RTCC. I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to take the reigns of a program with such a great reputation. I know I have big shoes to fill and I will do my best to fill them.
By way of a little history, I grew up in Waterford, Vermont surrounded by all the natural and agricultural beauty that part of the state has to offer. I spent my summers working on a neighbor's farm and my family raised much of our own meat. At an early age I knew that I had a passion for all things food – especially fresh smoked bacon.
In high school I worked at several restaurants and took part in the culinary arts program at the St. Johnsbury Academy. It was during this time that I decided food was going to be a central theme in my life. From there I spent 4 years earning my Bachelor of Professional Studies in Culinary Arts and Service Management at Paul Smith's College. At the completion of my studies I was awarded the title of Most Outstanding hospitality graduate.
After graduation I spent several years working for Paul Smith's College in the role of both Executive Sous Chef and Chef Instructor at their training facility, the Hotel Saranac. Not only did this experience help hone my culinary skills, but it gave me a taste for teaching that has stuck with me since. In 2003, I moved back to Vermont with my new wife and the intention of raising my family here. That same year I was the opening Chef of Elements Food and Spirit, a restaurant in St. Jay. It was a modern American Bistro where I had the opportunity to create a weekly menu that showcased the best seasonal food products Vermont has to offer.
During this time I was also an on call instructor for the vocational program at the St. Johnsbury Academy. In 2010 I took the educational component of my career full time by accepting a position at the New England Culinary Institute, and for the next five years, I learned the ins and outs of what it takes to educate in a field that is both fast paced and at times, academically challenging. Before leaving NECI, I reached the level of core instructor and was the recipient of the 2013 President’s Award for Educational Excellence.
Currently, my wife, four children, and I live on what we like to call our modern homestead. We have a small farm business where we sell produce to local restaurants and neighbors. I am now very excited about working with and getting to know the OSSU community.