Wednesday, July 29, 2015

CIC Alum Ulfet Ralph Featured by Bicoastal Cooks

"Chef Ulfet was born in Istanbul, Turkey where she started to learn and develop her cooking skills specializing in Mediterranean cuisine. She has her Certification in Baking and Pastry from The Art Institute of Atlanta. After her relocation to Charleston, which is a new food and wine destination, she enrolled at Culinary Institute of Charleston to study under many talented chefs to sharpen her skills. Since February 2014, she has joined with Farmer Lee Jones as the Chef de Cuisine at the Culinary Vegetable Institute."
Read more here.

Friday, July 10, 2015

CIC Participates in Community United Fundraiser


On July 9th, CIC was a part of Community United, a food and beverage industry fundraiser for the families of the Mother Emanuel AME church tragedy. The work on our end was done by Chef Instructors Kevin Mitchell, Ward Morgan, Donald Barickman, Chef Devan Coad (pictured above) and CIC students who assisted. The event raised over $500,000. Thanks to Mickey Bakst and Belmond Charleston Place for making this happen.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

CIC Alum Kelly Franz Tapped To Be Executive Chef of Magnolias Restaurant

Congratulations to CIC alum Kelly Franz, just named Magnolias restaurant executive chef!

"Franz joined Magnolias in November 2003, moving up the ranks in the kitchen for over a decade and taking on more responsibility as the beloved Southern establishment continues to evolve.  Most recently Chef de Cuisine, Franz now oversees kitchen stations, ordering, hiring, menu and recipe development and more.

"Growing up traveling and experiencing different cultures, food became a passion at an early age. Franz was always more interested in what was happening in the back of the house and she began helping with food preparation as part of her first restaurant job. While attending the Culinary Institute of Charleston, Trident Technical College, Franz spent time growing in beloved kitchens in Charleston including Locklears, Angelfish Restaurant and of course, Magnolias. In 2015, Franz was invited to join the Charleston Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier and is honored to be a part of this distinguished group of women in the hospitality industry. Also in 2015, Franz was runner-up in season 6 of the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen."