Twenty foodservice instructors from professional culinary schools across the country will further their cheese education this summer as they tour farms, cheese plants and restaurants in Wisconsin, the country's largest cheese producer.
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Patrice Dionot, co-owner and administrative director of L’Academie de Cuisine, Gaithersburg, Md., has been accepted as a member of the board of the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation (RAMEF) for a two-year term. RAMEF serves as the preferred source of education, training, resources and research for Maryland's hospitality and tourism industry. The aim of the foundation is to improve the hospitality workforce by providing high-quality, low-cost training in food-safety awareness, customer service and management skills, as well as to increase the number and quality of tomorrow’s hospitality workforce by working with high schools to promote and facilitate the Pro-Start culinary and restaurant-management program.
The Denver campus of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) is pleased to announce that Kerstin Kleber has been appointed chair of the International Baking and Pastry Institute located in the College of Culinary Arts.
Kleber will be responsible for ensuring the success of the International Baking and Pastry Institute, which employs a hands-on learning approach to teach aspiring pastry-arts professionals. Facilities are equipped with top-of-the-line equipment, almost $2 million worth of goods and materials, and ovens imported from France.
Last December, the Research Chefs Foundation (RCF) announced the addition of two new scholarships to be funded by CuliNex, LLC. The CuliNex Organic and Natural Foods Culinology® Scholarship is a $4,000 higher-education scholarship for qualified individuals who exhibit a demonstrated interest in developing organic and natural foods. The CuliNex CRC and CCS Scholarship will provide financial assistance in the form of up to two $550 scholarships in 2010 for qualified professionals who meet the stated certification eligibility criteria.
The Professional Culinary Institute (PCI) welcomes Chef Gary Prell as its new president and chief executive officer. Located in Campbell, Calif., PCI opened its doors in 2005 and quickly established itself as a premier training facility in the hospitality industry, winning state, regional, national and international culinary competitions and awards.
“I am so excited to join the team at PCI and to be a part of their future,” Prell says. “The staff and faculty’s passion to impart knowledge and make a difference in the lives of their students is unparalleled. They are truly successful.”
The Bakery at Sullivan University has teamed up with Visually Impaired Preschool Services Inc. (VIPS) to bring a kitchen learning facility to the VIPS center in Louisville, Ky. A ribbon-cutting took place on Monday, Dec. 14, during which children were invited into the facility to work with Chef Robert Henry on decorating gingerbread houses. Henry will be visiting VIPS at least once per month to work with children in the new kitchen.
The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF), the educational arm of the American Culinary Federation, has chosen eight culinary professionals from across the United States to serve as Apprenticeship Regional Trainers (ARTs). They will maintain initiatives that resulted from the U.S. Department of Labor’s apprenticeship grant, which was awarded to ACFEF in August 2009.
Three chefs from the Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts Providence Campus captured gold medals at the 141st Salon of Culinary Arts in November in New York City. Organized by the Société Culinaire Philanthropique, the competition was held in conjunction with the 94th-annual International Hotel/Motel and Restaurant Show (IHMRS).
The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) recently named Chef Victor McNulty of the Culinary Academy of Long Island the 2009 Instructor of the Year. This prestigious title and award has been given to McNulty for his efforts in providing outstanding career and technical instruction at an ACCSC accredited institution.