Brightwater Food Entrepreneurship Award:
LJ Rush, Guildford Technical Community College, Jamestown, NC
The Brightwater Food Entrepreneurship Award rewards culinary programs that teach and/or encourage entrepreneurship. Chef Rush earned the award for his 16-month Mobile Catering and Food Truck Management diploma program, the only mobile food truck program in North Carolina and one of a few nationwide. Students receive hands-on training in The Green Machine, Guilford Technical Community College’s mobile food truck learning lab.
The program focuses on the skills required to operate a small business including: marketing through social media, advanced culinary skills, proper food safety and sanitation procedures, menu design, as well as other culinary skills required for catering and foodservice preparations.