Robert “Colt” Schultz
Hometown: League City, Texas
Representing the United States at WorldSkills in Restaurant Service
Ever since Colt Schultz could walk, he was cooking with his mother. A self-described people person, he was introduced to the craft of restaurant service through his Clear Springs High School culinary program.
“Our chef, Kathleen Roussel, noticed my outgoing personality and my knack for meeting new people. When I was introduced to the SkillsUSA program and began competing at the district and state level – that’s when I discovered restaurant service as my skill and passion for my future career.”
After WorldSkills, Colt hopes to continue his education at a culinary school either in the United States or abroad. “After completing my education and gaining experience, I plan to open my own restaurant and soon after hope to oversee several fine dining restaurants.”
Colt credits his drive to the passion and enjoyment he has for restaurant service.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t enjoy it. Every time I practice I feel a spark in me that I’ve never felt in any other field. I always put forth my full effort, and my level of determination is immeasurable.”
On competing in the WorldSkills competition:
“Through my years in SkillsUSA, I have always heard of the WorldSkills team and dreamed of qualifying. Now, my dreams have become reality. I can’t even express how blessed I feel to be a part of Team USA.”
Advice for others:
“Relax. I understand it is nerve-wracking waiting for your number to be called in competition, but I have learned to relax and have fun with it!
On SkillsUSA’s role:
“SkillsUSA has molded me into something I would have never thought possible when I started this path in high school. The organization has provided such tremendous opportunities to enhance my skills to a level I would never have reached anywhere else.”