Swiss Externship Serves Up Prestigious International Experience to IUP Culinary Major

Posted on 7/11/2008 3:31:36 PM

Culinary Arts faculty member Chef Gary Fitting and admissions counselor Teresa Brownlee recently traveled to Lucerne, Switzerland, to check in on culinary major Jeffrey Miller.

Jeff, who is from Johnstown, Pa., is spending this year in Switzerland, where he attended DCT International Hotel and Business Management School for six months as part of IUP’s Swiss externship program.

He became certified in European Cuisine as well as European Pastry and Chocolates. He is currently completing his IUP externship at the prestigious, four-star Seehotel Kastanienbaum, located at the foot of the famous Mount Pilatus near Lucerne, Switzerland.

With breathtaking views of the lake and mountains, the property has restaurants which feature national and international cooking. Jeffrey is working in the restaurant for gourmets called Chrüztrichter, which specializes in seafood and French cuisine. Chrüztrichter has been awarded 15 points by Gault Millau, one of the most influential French restaurant guides. Gault Millau is most famous for its rating system, which evaluates restaurants on a scale of 1 to 20. Restaurants below 10 points are rarely listed. Points are awarded strictly based on the quality of the food, with any comments about service, price, or the atmosphere of the restaurant given separately.

Jeffery is working hard and performing well in Switzerland. He will return to the United States in the fall with impressive international experience to enhance his resume!

Culinary student Jeff Miller and staff in Switzerland

Culinary student Jeff Miller in Swiss Kitchen

Below: A tuna dish prepared by IUP Culinary Arts extern Jeff Miller at Chrüztrichter in Lucerne, Switzerland

Student Jeff Miller plated tuna