Baking and Pastry Class of 2018 Honored at Toque Day

Posted on 5/15/2018 5:04:31 PM

Chefs Battaglia, Demane, and Pike with guest speaker Samuel Phillips, president of Gardners Candies, Inc.On May 11, 2018, the Academy of Culinary Arts Toque Day ceremony celebrated the achievements of the Baking and Pastry Arts Class of 2018.

“Gratitude” emerged as a recurring theme throughout the ceremony beginning with words of wisdom from guest speaker Samuel Phillips, president of Gardners Candies, Inc.

“What a great job,” he said. “We are so fortunate. Not only do you make the customers smile, but you’re pursuing your dream. That’s the number-one rule, to pursue your passion, and IUP has prepared you for exactly that. How fortunate you all are.”

Phillips’ address was accompanied by congratulatory remarks from Mary Williams, dean of the College of Health and Human Services; Lynn Pike, Culinary Arts Department chairperson; Hilary DeMane, chef instructor; and Summer Wood, student speaker.

As DeMane reflected on the process of preparing her remarks for the day, she shared that two themes continually emerged: attitude and gratitude. She reminded the students to always carry with them an “attitude of gratitude” and to “be thankful of everyone around you.”  

Wood reminded her classmates that, “whatever path you choose to take, please don’t forget where it all began. Don’t forget the friends you have made along the way, don’t forget the people who have taught you all the things you hadn’t known before, and most importantly, don’t forget all of the people who have loved, supported, and encouraged you.

In the next few weeks, the students will begin their culinary externships to gain real-world experience in places near and far, including Oglebay Resort, in Wheeling, West Virginia; The Broadmoor, in Colorado Springs, Colorado; The Ocean Reef Club, in Key Largo, Florida; and Horseshoe Bay Resort, in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. In all, 30 students will be going to 11 locations in nine different states.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018! We look forward to watching you change the industry with your “attitudes of gratitude.”