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Casey Halder

Major: Culinary Food Science


Minor/option/emphasis: Culinary Food Science

Company/Organization: Meredith Corporation
Company/Organization website: http://www.meredith.com
Destination: Des Moines/Iowa
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: ebeirman@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Supporting food stylists with purchasing ingredients, props for shoots, food preparation, setting up the studio for photography sessions as well as video sessions, keeping the studio and kitchen areas clean and well supplied. Assist in the preparation of food products and recipes prior to being styled by the Food Stylist, test and revise recipes, and sit in on recipe evaluations with publication editors.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment from this experience would be being able to have a hand in every step of recipe testing. From seeing recipes in the beginning stages, testing new recipes, to then photographing and styling the final recipe for a publication cover, and then from photographing to video production and styling for social media publication. Having a hands-on impact in every stage would be my greatest accomplishment, and implementing my strengths where they were most beneficial.

I learned...
Time management skills are crucial to success in any aspect of life, taking responsibility for my actions weather good or bad, conducting myself in a professional manner in the workplace, learning how to work with a variety of personalities and adapting to where mine fits best.

Advice for others...
Always strive to have a positive attitude, never hesitate to ask questions, don't be afraid to make a mistake and if you do learn from it, take care of your responsibilities before you are asked to do so, always act professional in the workplace.

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