Hi! My name is Becky Croft. Having a passion for cooking since I was little, I started my culinary journey at Johnson & Wales University in Norfolk, VA. I earned my A.S. in Culinary Arts and went on to work at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa, a five star resort in Farmington, PA. While working there, I learned to cook Asian food in a gorgeous open kitchen as well as roll sushi at an upscale sushi bar. I also got to assist with the 84 Lumber Classic PGA Golf Tournament. That was quite an experience, with all our kitchens in tents and huge tractor-trailer freezers and coolers.
After finishing at Nemacolin, I began working at The Lucky Star Restaurant under Chef Scott Bernheisal in Virginia Beach, VA. The Lucky Star is a fine dining restaurant that specializes in seafood. I was able to create specials and work with some very cool ingredients.
I then decided to go back to school and get my bachelor’s degree. Virginia Tech has a terrific hospitality program; I enrolled and have since become a very loyal Hokie! While studying for my B.S in Hospitality and Tourism Management, I cooked at the President of the University’s mansion with Chef Michael Arrington. We served receptions, luncheons, and dinners to alumni, ambassadors, and other distinguished guests with sophisticated, yet traditional southern cuisine.
So, newly graduated and ready to take on a challenge, I came to work at Briar Patch, where I was manager for a year. I moved back to the Virginia Beach area to be near my family, and I return to Briar Patch to conduct the cooking classes. I am very excited about cooking with you. It is going to be a great time with some great food!