When IUP classes and activities (including ice carving club)
were canceled due to the frigid cold weather, culinary faculty members Thomas Barnes
and Martha Jo Rupert stepped up to carve the ice sculptures promised for the Groundhog
Day stage at Gobbler’s Knob.
Chefs Barnes and
Rupert also completed the display at the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts featuring Punxsutawney
Phil emerging from Gobbler’s Knob to greet his visitors. Six ice pillars holding finely detailed snowflakes representing six more weeks of winter and six daisy-topped ice pillars representing an early spring prognostication surround a sculpture of the groundhog.
Surrounded by clouds of ice and covered in their layers of insulated gear, chefs were almost unrecognizable as they sawed, chiseled, and smoothed their way through the dozen plus ice carvings.
As current and past advisors to the student ice carving club, Barnes and Rupert are passionate about sharing their love of sculpting ice with IUP students.
The IUP Academy of
Culinary Arts Ice Carving Club is open to all culinary and baking
students. The club carves for all culinary admissions’ open houses and many community events.
Students who participate in the club learn introductory
carving skills and have the opportunity to progress to intermediate ice
sculpting by the end of the first year.
In the hospitality industry, the ability to carve an ice
sculpture for that special occasion or the holiday buffet table sets a job
applicant apart from the competition. The carving experience gained through the
IUPACA Ice Carving Club provides culinary graduates an edge in the job market.