Baking Students Celebrated at Toque Day

Posted on 5/18/2017 5:17:07 PM

Anthony Battaglia, Timothy Joyner-Matz, Hilary DeManeThe Academy of Culinary Arts celebrated Toque Day on Friday May 12, 2017, honoring students in IUP’s 13th Baking and Pastry Arts class. 

The Toque Day ceremony recognized the academic accomplishments of 30 students who have completed the classroom requirements of the Baking and Pastry Arts program and are preparing to travel across the country to begin their externship positions.

Timothy Joyner-Matz, a 2014 alumnus of the Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts program, gave the recognition address. Currently lead baker for the New Orleans Marriott, Chef Joyner-Matz began as an extern at the property located in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans,  Louisiana. He is responsible for preparing and baking bread for all Marriott food outlets in New Orleans.

Speaking passionately about his experience in the classroom and the kitchen, Joyner-Matz advised students to take advantage of volunteering to gain experience and learn something new, and to keep in constant contact with each other.

He recommended working with patience, perseverance, and dedication and assured students, “You have received the best schooling from two of the most talented pastry chefs. You all deserve to be where you are today."

"Work hard and good things will come. We all look forward to hearing of your accomplishments and I hope to see some of you at Mardi Gras in the future!”

Interim Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, Mary Williams, Culinary Arts Department Chair, Lynn Pike, and Chef Instructor Hilary DeMane also offered congratulations and inspirational remarks from the platform. The student speaker, Megan Stonebreaker shared some humorous moments in the life of a baking student.

Here are a few highlights of the Baking and Pastry Arts class of 2017:

  • 30 students completed both the Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts programs
  • Students will be begin externship positions at 10 different sites in six states
  • 93 percent of the class received perfect or excellent attendance
  • 83 percent of the class received recognition for making the Dean’s List

Please join us in congratulating the Baking and Pastry Arts class of 2017.