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Culinary Employment Fair Opens with Four Stars and Four Diamonds

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 Mark Demarco and Krista GastonBiltmore 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:

  • The American Club, Kohler, Wisc.
  • Annapolis Yacht Club, Annapolis, Md.
  • The Biltmore Company, Asheville, N.C.
  • Boca Raton Resort, Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Hollywood Casino, Grantville, Pa.
  • The Marriott, New Orleans, New Orleans, La. 
  • Mountain Air Country Club, Burnesville, N.C.
  • Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, Pa.
  • Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, Fla. 
  • Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, W.Va.
  • Omni-Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford, Pa.
  • Penn State Food Services, State College, Pa
  • Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, The Village of Pinehurst, N.C
  • The Stone House Restaurant, Farmington, Pa.
  • Springfield Restaurant Group, Mercer, Pa.

IUP Academy of Culinary Arts

  • Academy of Culinary Arts
  • 1012 Winslow Street
    Punxsutawney, PA 15767
  • Phone: 800-438-6424
  • Fax: 814-938-1158
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.