A recruiting visit by the Biltmore Company, located in Asheville, North Carolina, kicked off the 2014 Academy of Culinary Arts Sponsor Fair on March 4th. In total, 15 employers coming from as far away as southern Florida and Wisconsin will visit the culinary campus over the next four weeks to present information about their sites and interview IUP culinary arts and baking students for externship opportunities.
Biltmore chefs and IUP alumni Mark Demarco ’99 and Krista Gaston ’11 traveled to Punxsutawney along with staffing operations manager Dawn McKinney to interview and recruit students to fill positions at the Biltmore. Culinary students offered employment will start their jobs in August 2014 or May 2015.
According to McKinney, the Biltmore has been hiring IUP externs to work at the four-star and four-diamond property since at least 1998.
When asked about why the Biltmore keeps coming back to hire more IUP students, Demarco says that IUP students are engaged and interested in what is happening in the kitchens. “They want to learn more and more, every day,” Demarco commented.
The Academy of Culinary Arts Sponsor Fair continues throughout the month of March with opportunities for students to interview with employers ranging from prestigious clubs and resorts to regional restaurants and food service operations. Employers recruiting on campus this month include:
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