Friday, May 28, 2010

Post & Courier Columnist Ken Burger Features CIC's Joe Branton

He's Not Clowning Around
By Ken Burger The Post and Courier Sunday, May 16, 2010
" When Joe Branton graduated from Clemson with a double major in English and history, he looked over the job possibilities related to his education experience and saw that the list included clown.
"'So after four years of college I was qualified to be a clown,' Branton said with a laugh. 'I figured I had made a huge mistake and didn't know what I was going to do for a living.'
"Of course, he always had the family business, Ashley River Lumber Mill in Ridgeville, to fall back on. But he wanted something different. So he went out into the world and worked in film production, did a stint at a public television station in Charlotte, then decided his future might be in snowboarding in Colorado. When those ideas didn't work out, he returned to the lumber mill where he worked his way up to junior vice president in eight years before he decided to go for his dream job -- cooking.
"But it's difficult to tell your wife and two children you're quitting your good-paying job to go to culinary school at age 35. My wife has a good job and is very supportive,' said Branton, who is about to complete his education at Trident Technical College at the age of 37. ...
"Then again, it might be the change Branton and others like him have been looking for all their lives. During his two-year training at the Palmer Campus on Columbus Street, Branton has won awards and impressed everybody..."
For the rest of the column, see:
Photo of Joe winning People's Choice Award at 2009 Nestle Waters Competition.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Delegation of Chinese College Educators "Cook-Off" at CIC

To give the visiting delegation of Chinese technical, polytechnical and agricultual college presidents and vice-presidents a break from their intense two-week schedule of meetings at TTC, the CIC hosted a cook-off for them Sunday night. The delegation shopped at the Hang Lung Asian Market on Rivers Ave. to procure the ingredients for their dishes. CIC Chefs Morgan, Huff and Mitchell, plus a great team of students, asisted the visitors at the CIC's Palmer Campus teaching kitchen. The five educators produced a huge menu that included a fresh spinach soup with tiny beef meatballs, boiled and fried dumplings, two salads (one above), a spicy chicken and peppers dish, a light sweet and sour beef dish, a tofu dish and a hard-crack candied coating sweet potatoes dish. All were delicious!
The delegation:
Lianxu Zhang, President of Guangzhou Panyu Polytechnic
Wenxian Chen, President of Jiuquan Vocational and Technical College
Yu Jing, Vice President of Liaoning Agricultural College
Shusheng Wang, Vice President of Xinjiang Shihezi Vocational and Technological College
Hong Zhu, Vice President of Hubei Polytechnic Institute