It takes a village to raise a child. This is very true and crucial in the upbringing of any individual. With the help of those who have experienced and learned the necessary keys to life, the next generation will be better prepared to take on whatever comes their way.  In this day and age, the village should not only raise the child but stay with them until he or she has gained all the skills and knowledge they can absorb.  

Because BCA professionals and students alike are aware of the importance of guidance; a mentoring program would prove itself to be very successful.  The mission of BCA Mentoring Program is to effectively benefit both the Mentor and Protégé by fostering career relationships and exchanging career information.  This program will initiate a bond that will expand the horizons and expectations of Mentor-Protégé relationship as a career advancement opportunity.

The Goal of the Mentor Program is to assist the mentee in developing professionally within the culinary and hospitality industry. At the same time, mentoring should also be flexible enough to adapt to changing needs as the relationship develops.


  • Develop a support system and peer network connection to assist career advancement by providing the appropriate needed guidances.
  • Improve soft skills and ability needed for career development.
  • Build confidence and improve career satisfaction.

How the Program Works

  • Protégé Eligibility
    • Protégé will be screened and interviewed to match with selected Mentors
    • Protégé needs to provide 2 professional references
    • Participants should be over 18 years old
  • Mentor Selection
    • Mentors will be screened and interviewed to match with Protégés
    • The first phase of roll-out of this program will be voluntary
    •  Participation encourages Mentors of Diversity:
      • With one year or more management experience in the company.
      • Achieved an “Exceed Expectations” or higher review in the last evaluation period.
    • Willing to meet the necessary time commitment of the program.
    • Complete a Mentor Agreement Form
      • Mentor Agreement Form
      • Mentors may be matched with Protégés that are not in the same career path.