Keynote Speaker Comes to IUP Having Worn Many Toques

Posted on 7/31/2008 11:41:59 AM

Site Ocean Reef Chef PhilippeChef Philippe Reynaud, executive director of Culinary Operations at the prestigious Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo Florida, was the honored keynote speaker at the 2008 IUP Academy of Culinary Arts Graduation (Toque) Ceremony.

French-born and classically trained, Chef Philippe graduated at the top of his class from the esteemed Culinary Academy of Nice in 1979. Following his graduation, he worked in several French provinces under reputable chefs to learn their cooking styles, techniques, and knowledge of regional cooking. In 1981, he began his professional life in the United States serving as executive chef at the award-winning Westwood Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles. He later opened and ran the kitchens of the renowned Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks California and the luxurious Stein Ericksen Lodge in Deer Valley, Utah. In 1991, Chef Philippe returned to Los Angeles and dedicated eight years to running the culinary operations at the exclusive Jonathan Club.

Since June 2000, Chef Philippe has been a member of the Ocean Reef Club elite managing team. He is responsible for the culinary operations of twelve restaurants, conference banquets, member’s catering, and special culinary events within the club. Chef Philippe oversees all menu development, hosts many visiting celebrity chefs, oversees and mentors extern students from top U.S. culinary schools, and manages over 120 culinary associates and chefs in season.

Chef Philippe is a member of the American Culinary Federation, The Euro-Toques, La Chaine des Rotisseurs, and the James Beard Foundation.

The students attending theToque Day ceremony were congratulated and inspired by Chef Philippe! Culinary graduates heard of Chef’s youth in France and how he developed his own passion for food and cooking. His realistic yet enthusiastic depiction of the challenges and rewards of being a chef served to remind our new culinarians of the tremendous opportunities for personal and professional growth that lie ahead.

The Ocean Reef Club and Chef Philippe are strong supporters of the Culinary Arts program at IUP. Chef regularly makes the annual trip to the Academy Sponsor Fair to recruit IUP culinary and baking students for externship positions at the club. The Ocean Reef Club and its members are also the sponsors of a $1,500 scholarship dedicated to incoming IUP culinary students called the Ocean Reef Recruiting Scholarship.

This year, eight IUP Academy of Culinary Arts students are headed to the Ocean Reef Club for externship positions!

 Biographical information and photo is courtesy of the Ocean Reef Club.