Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Baking & Pastry Chef Instructor Bernd Gronert Featured by Charleston City Paper


Photo Credit: Jonathan Boncek

With a baking and pastry resume that is a mile long, Chef Bernd Gronert is usually thought of as CIC's incredible chef instructor. Not too many know that he is also a fruit farmer extrodinaire. 

The City Paper wrote: "Chef/farmer Bernd Gronert grows Charleston's trendiest fruits, the old fashioned way"
Read all about it in the Charleston City Paper story.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

CIC Alum Mark Heyward-Washington Competes on Food Network




Congratulations and good luck to CIC alum Mark Heyward-Washington, the pastry chef at Burwell's, for landing a spot as one of the competitors on the Food Network show The Spring Baking Championship! Check the Food Network website below for dates and times that the competition runs. 
http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/spring-baking-championship

Monday, March 6, 2017

Charleston Wine + Food Festival Gives an Award to Hospitality Instructor Lisa Buzzelli



Congratulations to CIC Hospitality Instructor Lisa Buzzelli, who was given the Charleston Wine + Food Festival's 2017 Marc Collins Award. The Marc Collins Chef Award honors an outstanding chef in the Charleston community who shows leadership, dedication and innovation in their field. Chef Collins presented the award and noted the Ms. Buzzelli's "involvement from the beginning of the festival to date, and her tireless dedication to its success. She has devoted countless hours to showing our city in its best light." Well deserved!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MUSC Dietetic Interns

Welcome to the MUSC dietetic interns who are doing a two-week rotation at CIC. This dietetic internship, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), is designed to prepare students to become a "Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist" (RDN). Upon completion, graduates are eligible to sit for the national RDN exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). 

To be eligable for a MUSC Dietetic Internship, you must have 1) a bachelor's degree at minimum (in any field), AND  2) successful completion of an ACEND-accredited "Didactic Program in Dietetics" (DPD).  A DPD consists of at least 2-3 semesters, depending on courses already taken, of "hard" science prerequisites and core nutrition courses to prepare students for a dietetic internship such as this one.  

L-R: Amanda Ayers, Danielle Liszka, Kimberly Asman, Haley Thigpen, Marisa Urda, Hannah Steinbeck, Julia Terese, Amy Shen, Claudie Hleap, Ashley Bannister, Erin Passaro, Kayla Fitzgerald

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Two CIC Alumni Recognized by Charleston Magazine

Two CIC alum were featured in the December Charleston Magazine piece on personal chefs! 
Arlette O'Rourke's (left) business is IndiGenius Cuisine. "The basics: The crew, including O’Rourke’s husband and co-owner, Patrick, offers unique catering services, intimate dinners, and cooking demonstrations. They arrive an hour prior to service to get familiar with a customer’s kitchen; a package typically includes a five-course meal and cleanup."


Marcus Middleton's business is Middleton Made Cuisine. "The basics: New to the personal chef and catering biz, Middleton offers private plated dinners, catering, and cooking classes. All services include prep and cleanup." Read more here. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

May Your Holidays Be Filled with Sugar Plums!


CIC Chef Instructor David Vagasky and CIC Advisory Board Member Mark Gray shared this recipe from their artisan chocolate business, Cacao's. It was featured in the December issue of Charleston magazine, as seen here

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

CIC Alum Chelsey Conrad Featured in Charleston Magazine



CIC alum and Butcher & Bee chef Chelsey Conrad was featured in Charleston magazine sharing her recipes for pecans. "Although sentimental about the chestnuts on trees at her childhood home in Charlotte, North Carolina, Chelsey Conrad can wax eloquent about pecans. “They’re so buttery and, unlike other nuts, they don’t have any bitterness,' says the Butcher & Bee chef. 'They’re delicious straight out of the shell, while most other nuts need some toasting to coax out their flavors. And all those crevices hold seasonings really well.'" Read more and get the recipes here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

CIC Students Featured in Post & Courier Thanksgiving Pies Spread




Baking and Pastry Chef Instructor Kelly Wilson and six CIC students collaborated to produce a bevy of Thanksgiving pies for the Food Section front cover and an interior full spread in the Post & Courier newspaper.

Brittany Burkett: Bourbon Pecan Pie; Suzy Walton: Apple Slab Pie; Jasmine Melette: Pumpkin Chess Pies with Gingersnap Crust baked in half-cup Mason jars; Jordan Fagan: Chocolate Cranberry Orange Hand Pies; Greg VanDerwerker: Poached Pear and Frangipane Tart; and Mary Oster: Meatless Mincemeat Pie with a Gluten-Free Crust. 
Thanks to Le Creuset for helping us set the table.
Photos here.  Recipes here.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Zagat Names Three CIC Alum in Its "30 Under 30: Charleston. Rock Stars Redefining the Industry"


Photo credit: Stacy Howell


Congrats to Amanda Black, sous chef at Zero Restaurant + Bar; Chelsey Conrad, executive chef at Butcher & Bee; and Braydon Sutherland, sous chef at FIG. "And over the last five years or so, the city has attracted a bevy of national accolades as well as droves of young culinary talent flocking to the Holy City to be a part of its big moment. Accordingly, it’s high time we honored some of the young folks making the food scene in Charleston so exciting," wrote Zagat. Read more about each of these rock stars.





Friday, September 30, 2016

CIC Alum Ulfet Ralph Gets Props

CIC Alum Ulfet Ralph, chef at The Lodge at Little St. Simons Island, was pictured in Charleston Magazine's story on the island.  
"That night it’s a dinner party at the lodge. Fresh blue crabs, cleaned, steamed, and split, are piled high on a platter for guests before dinner. The crabs were caught that afternoon in the creek we traversed earlier. (The tradition is that if guests catch something, the chef will prepare it that night.) I’m not sure who lured these crustaceans in, but they’re sweet, briny, and delicious.
"We all sit at long tables of our choice in two rooms. The mood is friendly: everyone’s relaxed, and some are sun-kissed from the day. Among the people at our table are four women from Atlanta on a girls’ getaway. The wine is flowing, the conversation humming, and we’re served a bountiful dinner of spring lamb, pea tendrils and blooms, and salad greens grown in the lodge’s garden. The chef, Ülfet Özyabasligil Ralph, introduces herself and tells us she’s excited to hear that we are visiting from Charleston. She previously worked in kitchens with chefs Robert Carter and Jacques Larson and says she was tremendously inspired by them and by the city itself."

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Chef Kevin Mitchell Receives Fellowship


Congratulations to CIC Chef Instructor Kevin Mitchell, who was selected to be a Southern Foodways Alliance Nathalie Dupree Fellow.

Here's what the SFA announcement said: "Kevin Mitchell is a Graduate Assistant pursing a M.A. in Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. He holds an A.O.S in Culinary Arts and a B.P.S in Culinary Arts Management from the Culinary Institute of America and considers home to be Charleston, South Carolina.

"With a background in food, he is very involved in the study of foodways, the preservation of southern ingredients, the history of African American chefs and food justice with the Slow Food movement. He is delighted to be a part of SFA and looking forward to sharing his culinary prowess with his fellow graduate students."

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

CIC Alum Jamie Simpson Gets Tapped as Number 137 on the 500 Best Chefs List

Congratulations to CIC alum Jamie Simpson, Chef Liaison at The Chef's Garden, for being selected by The Best Chef as #137 in their 2016 list of Top 500 in the world! Needless to say, we think it's well deserved! 


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Please enjoy this video that he made about tomatoes.They raise 101 varieties at Chef's Garden. Charleston Grill Chef Michelle Weaver is going up to co-host a Tomato Dinner.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

It's Been a Great Summer for Kids' Camp Classes!

TTC's Department of Continuing Education puts on a large array of summer Kids' Camp Classes. The culinary and baking and pastry components are held in CIC classrooms, labs, and bakeshops and taught by CIC chef instructors and students. It's been a great year!


































Thursday, June 30, 2016

CIC Alum Jordan Snider Invited to be a Member of the Callebaut Ambassadors Club

A CIC Baking and Pastry graduate, Jordan Snider is now  executive pastry chef at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego. In this new role, he will  becomes one of seven Callebaut Ambassadors located in the United States. The invitation-only Ambassadors Club includes a global membership of more than 100 pastry chefs and chocolatiers from more than 20 countries. Chef Snider will "collaborate with other Callebaut Ambassadors to shape the world of pastry through educational demonstrations, recipe development and product innovation."

According to the Callebaut press release, Chef Snider joined the Carolina Yacht Club as a banquet pastry chef in 2008. In 2010, he was named Pastry Sous Chef at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Las Vegas. Following his time at the Mandarin, Snider worked as the Pastry Chef Tournant at Paris and Bally’s Las Vegas Casino & Hotel. In 2013, he joined the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Las Vegas as the Executive Assistant Pastry Chef where he oversaw all banquet, convention, retail, restaurant and chocolate production for the resort. 
Snider joined the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego as Executive Pastry Chef in 2014. In this role, he is responsible for the hotel’s high-volume banquet operations, three fine-dining restaurants, room amenity program and wedding banquet operations.

“Chef Snider demonstrates the highest level of technical skill, quality, creativity and passion in his approach to fine pastry,” said Miriam Madrigal, Callebaut Brand Manager. “Our Ambassadors are selected based on their technical expertise, knowledge of ingredients, professional portfolio and process leadership. We were impressed with Snider’s mastery in all key areas, as well as his refreshing approach to pastry. It is an honor to welcome such a celebrated chef to our Club.”
Read more: https://fb101.com/2016/06/callebaut-usa-appoints-san-diego-based-pastry-chef-jordan-snider-ambassadors-club/ 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Faith Huff Externs Under CIC Alum at Little St. Simons Island


CIC student Faith Huff has just begun an exciting externship at the Lodge at Little St. Simons Island under CIC alum and the property's executive chef, Ulfet Ozyabasligil Ralph.

Faith will spend 10 weeks on this privately owned eco-resort, which is one of Georgia's famed Golden Isles. 


Pictures: Faith ringing the dinner bell on her first day, fruit forming on the pomegranate tree, and the organic garden.