The IUP Academy of Culinary Arts held the annual Baking and Pastry Arts Award Ceremony on Saturday, May 2, 2009. Members of the Baking and Pastry Arts Class of 2009 were recognized for their academic achievements and congratulated on their externship placements.
Guest speaker Chef Andrea Carros-Schrenk, president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Culinary Federation, gave the recognition address and began with the statement that “Pastry chefs are a special breed of food service professional. They are artisans and leaders.” Chef then commended the students on their “phenomenal education” and for having met the “challenge of being asked to go the extra mile by their instructors.” She reminded them of what an honor it was to have been selected to extern at such “high-level establishments all over the country.”
The audience also enjoyed speakers Dean Carleen Zoni, Chef Hilary DeMane, and class valedictorian Lisa Merrill. Baking and Pastry students in the class of 2009 are currently completing their externships in industry sites across the country: