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Louisa grad headed to prestigious culinary school

Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 9:00 am

Brianna Jackson caters a recent Louisa County School Board dinner.

Brianna Jackson caters a recent Louisa County School Board dinner.

Brianna Jackson was recently accepted into one of the most prestigious culinary schools in the world. The world’s premiere cooking school has graduated renowned chefs, including Anthony Bourdain.

The Louisa County High School Class of 2015 graduate will attend the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York next spring and hopes to one day own and operate her own bakery.

Jackson has many goals and ideas and is already thinking about what she’ll do once her dream becomes reality.

“My dad is a pastor, and what I want to do in my bakery, as an incentive, is to have kids come in with scripture verses, and then they can pick any dessert from the window.” Jackson said

When Jackson was younger, she hung out in the kitchen with her mom. In middle school she participated in Food Innovations for Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Star Events.

She also advanced to nationals for a tropical granola bar that she created, which included all of the nutrition facts, marketing and a design for the wrapper.

“As long as I can remember, I’ve always loved cooking shows. Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri and Rachel Ray—those are probably my three inspirations,” Jackson said. “When I got more into pastries, Duff, from Ace of Cakes, is what I watch all the time now.”

During her senior year, Jackson and a team of students went to Pro Start, a high school culinary competition. She viewed the opportunity as a great learning experience and says she appreciated other chefs helping and giving her advice.

“They taught me that sometimes things don’t go the way you plan and that you have to improvise and have the determination to finish,” she said.

To read the entire story, see the June 4 edition of The Central Virginian.