17-Year-Old to Graduate Culinary School with College Degree


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – As a 17-year-old Greenbrier teen puts the finishing touches on a gourmet dish… she is finished her college career.

Mia Krone took her last final Tuesday at UA-Pulaski Technical college. She graduates with a culinary degree this Saturday.

At 17-years-old, Mia Krone said she knew exactly what she wanted to be.

“There’s just a point in my life I realized I never had that wow moment at a restaurant,” Krone said. 

She graduated high school at 16-years-old then went straight to UA Pulaski Technical College.

She told us about her friends, “They’re graduating high school after I graduate college.”

Krone took 16 classes in two semesters and will finish college with a 4.0 GPA.

She said her favorite dish to make is ratatouille and she’s made it hundreds of times. 

“I’ve done that a lot so I can do that pretty easily,” she said.

Krone’s plan is to travel, with the final goal of being a head chef in France.  

“It’s so rich in culture and history and the food there, you put time into it,” she said. 

She said she hopes her story can inspire someone else to follow their dreams. 

“If you’re determined and stubborn enough to do something, enough begging and pulling strings you can do anything, even in Arkansas,” Krone said.

Krone is expected to graduate this Saturday and receive her degree in Applied Science in Culinary Arts. For more information about the culinary program click here.

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