Juleps Catering at Sullivan University in Louisville, Ky., is pleased to announce the addition of chefs Laurent Vals and Jacquelyn Thompson-Lee to its culinary team.
Vals joined Juleps in October 2014. Previously, he worked in restaurants in Paris and New York City before opening his own hand-crafted chocolate company in Rhode Island. In 2014, he won the Dessert Cup competition and took fifth place for Chocolatier of the Year at the annual Pastry Live convention. Born in Paris, Vals received his culinary degree from l’Ecole Hoteliere du Moulin a Vent in 1986 and his pastry-chef degree in 1989. In his new position at Juleps, Vals oversees the day-to-day kitchen operations; coaches, mentors and guides catering interns; and develops new menu ideas while managing seasonal menus.
Thompson-Lee started with Juleps in 2013. Prior to her position with Juleps, she worked with Marriott and White Lodging Management as sous chef, where she oversaw various dining restaurants including BLU Italian Grille and Champions Sports Bar and Grille. While there, she had the opportunity to prepare meals for the Dalai Lama. She received her culinary degree from Sullivan University in 2011.
“We are happy to welcome two established chefs with a wide range of experiences to the team,” said Juleps’ director of catering services Cindy Morguelan. “Juleps strives to consistently increase the variety of offerings for our clients and surpass expectations from our guests. With talented teammates like Thompson-Lee and Vals, that is easy to make a reality.”
In her short time with Juleps, Thompson-Lee has already assisted managing several events including the annual Meade Activity Center Gala dinner, Farmington Derby breakfast and the PGA Championship at Valhalla.
Juleps Catering is a full-service, professional catering and onsite event-planning company that strives to provide a unique experience for each client. Part of The Sullivan University system, the group is comprised of world-class, award-winning chefs and the best and brightest aspiring culinary students. The proudly Louisville-owned catering service has been providing quality experiences for more than 25 years. For more information, visit www.julepsoflouisville.com.