Monday, May 21, 2012

Congrats to CIC's John Thornberry for a Great Review

On Wednesday, May 9th, Laura Reiley, Tampa Bay Times Food Critic wrote a glowing review titled: "Parts of Paris a welcome addition to Safety Harbor, local French food scene."
She captioned this picture: "Before the dinner rush, Parts of Paris co-owner Chris Orrung, left, catches up with chef Jeff Thornsberry, a recent Culinary Institute of Charleston grad. Parts of Paris is the project of Orrung, who was most recently at Tampa Marriott Waterside, and Jonas Ahlgren, who is in Stockholm."
"Thornsberry", Reiley writes, "shares the kitchen with Lazaro Gonzalez, another alum from the Tampa Marriott Waterside. Thornsberry is on the hot line while Gonzalez tends to the cold stuff and together they make magic." For the complete review, see

Thursday, May 10, 2012

2012 Graduation Awards for CIC Students

Congratulations to the following CIC graduates, who were recognized for outstanding performance on Awards Day.

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges: Peggy Benson, Beverly Days, Thomas Pratt

Merit Award – Culinary Arts: Justin Morris
Merit Award – Hospitality Management: Thomas Pratt
Award of Distinction: Hospitality/Culinary Student Association
Graduation Student Speaker: Justin Morris

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

TTC Graduates Largest Class. CIC Grad One of Speakers.

On Friday, May 4th, Trident Technical College graduated its largest class in its 48-year history. The total of 674 graduates reflects the continued growth of the college. TTC President Dr. Mary Thornley decided to have two of the many outstanding TTC grads as speakers instead of bringing in guests. Leaders of the schools organizations selected Faith Callum, who was receiving an associate degree in Radiologic Technology, and CIC's Justin Morris, who was receiving an associate degree in Culinary Arts Technology. According to a story on the graduation by Brenda Ridge in the Post and Courier, "Morris, 25, who is a head line cook at Fulton Five restaurant, graduated from Summerville High School in 2004 with a 1.9 grade point average. 'The thing I worked hardest at was not working hard,' he said. 'A couple of months later, I joined the Marine Corps, and a few friendly drill instructors managed to change all that. It didn’t take long for me to realize that hard work and dedication were the tools for success and that my parents were right.' He enrolled at Trident in 2010 and graduated Friday with a 3.85 grade point average."
For the full Post and Courier story, see