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Sue Slater

Culinary Arts and Wine Instructor


  • A.S Degree, Cabrillo College, 1979, Food Service Technology
  • Diplome de l'Annee, Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, 1980
  • B.S. Degree, University of Phoenix, Business Management
  • Society of Wine Educators:
  • CSW (Certiified Wine Specialist)
  • FWS (French Wine Scholar)
  • Diploma from the Academy of Wine in Spain

Brief Professional History:

  • 1977-1986: Line cooking and food prep at various restaurants and caterinf businesses in the area including The Mansion House and The Old Bath House.
  • 1983-1986: Sous Chef for Michael's Catering
  • 1986-2005: Chef/proprietor of Sous City Catering
  • 1987-1997: Part-time teaching at Cabrillo College
  • 1997-present: Full-time faculty in Culinary Arts
  • 2015-present: Program Chair, Culinary Arts

About me:

I have been involved in Culinary Arts for over 35 years. Since 2000, I have become more interested and involved in teaching wine classes. I have developed curriculum for 3 15-unit wine certificates that will eventually lead to an Associate's program in Enology that will be transferable to the schools that offer B.S. degrees in enology.

  • Wine and Wine Service Certification
  • World Wines
  • Tasting Room Management

I am active in the wine community and I am a member of a wine-making co-op.

My culinary experience is diverse in that I have worked in restaurants in Paris and in California. I've worked for caterers and have owned my own catering business. I've won awards in culinary salons. But the thing I enjoy most is teaching and sharing the experiences with my students and get them launched in the field that they are most passionate about.

Classes that I teach:

  • CAHM 50ABC: Beginning culinary theory
  • CAHM 50L: Beginning culinary lab, where the students run a restaurant at lunch
  • CAHM 57: Catering lecture
  • CAHM 157L: Catering lab at The Sesnon House, where we do events for the public; weddings, dinners, etc.
  • CAHM 63: Garde Manger: Cold food presentation
  • CAHM 172: Wine and Wine Service: Basic wine class
  • CAHM 174: World Wine
  • CAHM 156SP: Spanish Wine
  • CAHM 156PC: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
  • CAHM 156FC: Champagne and French Sparkling Wine

...and more to come!


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