Culinary Sponsor Fair Links Students with Employers

Posted on 4/26/2012 2:58:37 PM

Culinary students are finalizing their externship employment contracts for Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 after participating in the 2012 Sponsor Fair hosted by the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts.

Executive chefs and human resource managers from some of the most prestigious employers in the hospitality industry visited the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts in April to talk about culinary careers and interview students for externship positions.

Some of the employers that students had an opportunity to interview with included:

Each employer was treated to a gourmet luncheon created by faculty member Martha Jo Rupert. Chef Rupert was assisted by culinary and baking students, many of whom will be completing an externship with the employer who was visiting that day.

The menus included:

  • Ancho Chili Rubbed Salmon served with Hand-mashed Potato, finished with Sour Cream, Pesto, and Bacon Crumbles; Steamed Asparagus.
  • Low Country Shrimp on Jalapeno Cheese Grits.
  • Maryland Crab Cakes with Creamy Caper Dill Sauce.
  • Grilled Lamb Loin Chops with a Tart Cherry Sauce; Sweet Potato Puree; Sauteed Green Beans with Roasted Red Peppers and Bacon.
  • Chipotle Garlic Marinated Grilled Flank Steak with a Spicy Lime Chipotle Sauce; Parsnip and Pear Puree; Steamed Brussels Sprouts.
  • Chicken and Corn Chowder with Goat Cheese and Black Pepper Biscuits.

The salad served almost daily was Mixed Garden Greens and Strawberries with a Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette and a piece of Stilton Bleu Cheese.

Desserts were created, plated, and served by the second-year Baking and Pastry Arts students.

Want to try a hand at making one of these menu items yourself? Check out our recipes!