Steve Gostin (Mr. G) is an accomplished educator and has been a leader in the hospitality industry for over 20 years. Having worked his way through the industry; from host to bartender, to general manager, and director positions, Steve has managed multi-million dollar operations with great success. From independent startups to nightclubs and even California gaming, Steve has created a program of development that promotes training, coaching, and motivation in business.
Steve was the Program Chair for Culinary Arts & Management at The Art Institute of California-Orange County, prior to the closing of the campus. Steve continues providing management and leadership training to students in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Programs through his community outreach programs and as an instructor with Santa Ana Community College. Steve has instructed: Food & Beverage Operations Management, Management & Supervision, HR Management, Purchasing & Costs Controls, and Intro to Hospitality Accounting as well as helped organize and plan many of the events on and off campus.
Steve continues to work on projects but none more important than Culinary Networking Group. CNG was created to help those who have a passion and a desire to start and thrive in the world of culinary but don't know where to begin. These culinarians provide a networking group to help find solutions for a successful startup and future.
Steve is also the founder and instructor for Intelliserve Responsible Beverage Service training program. Intelliserve was designed to help servers and licensees of alcohol understand their roles with reasonable effort and is approved for training by the California Alcohol Beverage Control or ABC.
Gostin’s philosophy is one that he teaches and practices; “Managing is about people. We have to start with learning what people want, and then determine the most effective and effecient ways to provide this (service) to them.” Gostin also has said that, “you must learn to manage people; manage your team and your guests, not your business. You operate the business.”
Teresa is a veteran of the culinary community. She is a graduate of The Art Institute of California, Orange County's Culinary Arts program and had been an instructor there in Savory and Baking & Pastry for over a decade.
Having worked for some large restaurants in the industry and having owned her own successful catering business, Teresa brings her love of cooking, culinary skillset and enthusiasm for creating amazing food to the Culinary Networking Group.
Her early career as an athlete led her to want to cook and create healthy foods. Teresa was a member of the Mexican Olympic team as a long-distance runner and has completed numerous Marathons. She has a zest for crafting amazing food and draws on her heritage to create unique and tasty Hispanic dishes as well as some sinfully delicious pastries and desserts. Teresa brings a drive and desire to our team as she is focused on providing knowledge and education to others who crave a career in the culinary arts.