PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Both former and current students of the Oregon Culinary Institute are remembering Chef Daniel Brophy as an amazing teacher and overall person.
Brophy,63, was found shot to death Saturday morning by students arriving at OCI. An autopsy determined he died of homicidal violence, however, authorities still have no suspect information.
While students described Brophy as a “tough” teacher, they also said he had an enormous amount of knowledge to share.
Former student Dominique Bouza started at OCI in September 2016 and gives credit to Brophy for finishing school. She recently got a job at Palomar on Southeast Division, and can’t help but think of her mentor.
“Knowledge beyond belief,” Bouza told KOIN 6 News. “You think you come into culinary school, wide-eyed, with this dream of being a chef and he’s like ‘You can do that, but there’s a lot you need to know to do that.'”
She also described Brophy as “the spirit of the Oregon Culinary Institute.”
“His passing makes me upset because no future student will be able to experience the man that was larger than life,” Bouza said.
Many students reached out to KOIN 6 News — wanting to share what Brophy meant to them and explaining how he single-handedly changed the way they look at food.
“He was a friend to everybody out of the school,” former student Travis Richartz said. “Holding stuff on the weekends to help you learn more, taking you mushroom foraging to teaching how to properly raise a chicken from start to finish.”
Portland police said they need more surveillance video to help them identify the person or people responsible.
“There is a possibility that somebody had a surveillance system that we didn’t see their cameras,” Sgt. Chris Burley said. “If you do have surveillance and you haven’t been contacted by police, give us a call.”
A candlelight vigil is scheduled Monday night for Brophy at OCI — which is located at 1701 SW Jefferson St. The public is invited to attend.