Culinary/Pastry assistant. Eric graduated from Northwest top of his class through sheer work ethic, discipline, and incredible team play. When Northwest hires new staff, it looks internally for those very qualities. Eric not only flourished as a student, but demonstrated a natural ability to coach whenever he volunteered for our evening amateur classes. He works hard at improving himself in all facets, and works under the best chefs in Vancouver on his own time to hone valuable skills. He brings incredible patience, detail, care, and empathy on the line with the students. In many ways, he sets the best example for our students on how to go about their education. Would be hard to find someone who works harder and smarter, and who makes himself more available to others.