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Experience VCC grand prize winner is Liza Marie Rivero

Posted on November 27, 2018


Thank you to all who attended our Experience VCC open house in October and filled out our survey. Our winner for the grand prize of $500 in VCC tuition is Liza Marie Rivero. We caught up with her to find out what she has planned next.


Congratulations Liza! Tell us about how you first heard about Experience VCC and why you decided to attend.

I first heard about the event when VCC recruiters visited our high school to talk about post-secondary options and that we could learn about different programs at Experience VCC. It sounded really fun and interesting so I decided to attend and see for myself.


What did you enjoy the most at Experience VCC?

The people who were present at the different stations were friendly and interactive. I also liked the Passport to Hospitality section where you could decorate your own cookies and customize your crepes.


What do you hope to study at VCC?

Cooking and baking really interest me. Growing up, my mom used to own a beach resort in the Philippines and I would help out with the reception while she would cook. After I toured the facilities here at the college I could see myself working in the kitchens along with all the other students. 


What do you enjoy the most about culinary and baking?

I really like designing food, like the art of plating and decorating desserts. During my food classes, I remember feeling proud of an assignment where there was no recipe and you could make your own thing. I enjoy the freedom of being innovative and creative. 


What do you do outside of cooking?

Music has been a big part of my life. My grandmother used to be a music teacher, so I grew up making music as well as singing. I also enjoy playing badminton in my spare time. 


What are your hopes for the future?

I would like to work in upscale restaurants, perhaps in Italian cuisine. Someday, I would like to own a restaurant, so studying and going into business is something else I'm considering. Helping my mom at the beach resort is another option. 


What excites you the most at the prospect of starting at VCC?

Meeting people with similar interests, who dream big, and being able to learn from them. 

Missed Experience VCC? Stay connected for details on our next open house in Spring 2019 or register now for an upcoming program info session