Stephen Shiring, EdD, MBA, chairperson of the Department of Hospitality Management, served as a member of the Spring Occupational Advisory Committee for the Culinary Arts Program at Jefferson County-Dubois Area Vocational-Technical School.
Welcoming Shiring and other members of the Culinary Arts Advisory Committee on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, was culinary instructor Chef John Druschel. Chef Druschel is both an IUP Academy of Culinary Arts (1998) and Department of Hospitality Management (2001) alumnus who became the instructor for this program beginning fall 2018 after a distinguished industry career.
The Culinary Arts Advisory Committee was treated to a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Druschel’s students. Immediately following dinner, the 2019 Jeff Tech ProStart® Culinary Arts Student Team provided an overview presentation of their competitive project performance at the fifth annual Pennsylvania ProStart Student Invitational held on Wednesday, February 27, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, Pa.
Shiring asked the team what they learned from competing. Their collective response was the “the importance and value of having a cohesive team, utilizing good communication skills, and practicing together to complete a common goal.”
ProStart is a nationwide, two-year program for high school students that develops their talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice industry leaders. The Pennsylvania ProStart Invitational, held each winter, is the state’s qualifier for the national competition. ProStart schools across the state are invited to send teams of two to five students to compete in the culinary and management events. The first-place winning team in each division moves on to represent Pennsylvania at the National ProStart Invitational. ProStart is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association.
Next, Chef Druschel conducted the business side of the meeting, included a tour of the kitchen area and dining room, a review of the curriculum, upgrading kitchen and presentation equipment, and recruitment.
The meeting concluded with a networking session with the culinary arts students and the members of their advisory committee. During this time, Shiring invited Chef Druschel, who serves as a member of the Department of Hospitality Management’s Industry Advisory Board, to connect his students with the Hospitality Management Alumni and Industry Board members to serve as career mentors for them. .
JEFF TECH is a comprehensive career and technical high school and adult education program celebrating its 50th school year in 2019.
The Department of Hospitality Management is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.