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Robert Doan

Major: Culinary Food Science



Company/Organization: National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Company/Organization website: http://www.beefusa.org/
Destination: Centennial, CO
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: ebeirman@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
I conducted my own recipe tests of different cooking methods, various cuts, and food trends. I also assisted with in-house culinary classes/demos and began the process of developing an offal cut collection of recipes for Beef It's What's For Dinner website.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment would have to be getting the opportunity to experience areas of our industry such as recipe testing and product development that I knew I wanted to learn about, but also getting the chance to get exposed to more unknown areas like food styling/photography and meat fabrication. All of this exposure really helped guide me towards what I really like and might possibly pursue in a full time position.

I learned...
My biggest takeaway from my experiences this summer was that it's important to understand what kind of personality you have and which learning methods you best respond to because everyone is different. Everyone learns, acts, and communicates differently, and that's crucial information in a team based setting, so that work can be done effectively and efficiently.

Advice for others...
Be the annoying intern that peeks their head into everyone's office. Some people might hate when you do that, but others will welcome it and you'll get the opportunity to learn from the brightest brains in your field. You also never know what sort of opportunities or connections can be made for your willingness to learn!

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