Five students from Savannah Technical College’s award-winning Culinary Institute have been selected to study in France this fall as part of an ongoing exchange program with the Academy of Toulouse.
Brittany Callahan, Maria Cusimano, Quartez Jerida, Destiny Kelly, and Nicki Mueller were selected based on grade point average, exceptional classroom performance, and personal interviews.
The group is currently taking weekly French classes with STC Culinary Arts Department Head Chef Jean Vendeville.
The educational partnership includes student and faculty exchanges to enhance Baking and Pastry Arts training including hosting students and faculty, immersion training, mentor companies, educational research tutors and evaluation.
To help raise funds for the program, Vendeville will host a series of Bistro Savoir Educatif master class demonstrations and wine dinners, beginning Aug. 30 with Festival des fruits de mer, a celebration of seafood.
September’s class will feature fare from the southwest region of France, November’s theme will be a contemporary Thanksgiving and December’s demonstration will spotlight sweet and savory pastry.
Classes will run from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Eckburg Auditorium on the school’s White Bluff campus. Cost for each master class is $125, with a season pass available for the four-class series for $450.
In October, Bistro Savoir Interactif , in partnership with the Savannah Food and Wine Festival, will host chef-led hands-on cooking stations with wine pairings featuring foods from India, Greece and Germany, as well as wines of Chile.
The cost of this event is $100 and will support the Patrick Ansley Williams Scholarship for culinary and hospitality students at STC. Tickets are limited.
Proceeds from the master class series will benefit the Boiardi Culinary Exchange Scholarship to fund lodging/travel for an educational exchange for STC Culinary/Baking Pastry Arts students.
Vendeville, the American Culinary Federation 2014 Chef Educator of the Year, is also a certified wine specialist and a member of the Society of Wine Educators. He has studied wine the past four years and holds level 2 and 3 with the Napa Valley Wine Academy. He’s working on becoming a master of French wines with the French Wine Scholar Guild.
ABOUT THE CULINARY INSTITUTE
Under the direction of Chef Jean Vendeville, Savannah Technical College’s Culinary Institute of Savannah offers associate degrees in Culinary Arts, along with Baking and Pastry Arts. The institute has been named one of the top four culinary programs in the country by the American Culinary Federation.
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