ECPI University Press Releases: Culinary Institute of Virginia

Culinary School to Offer Baking and Pastry Arts Programs

Launched to Meet Business Demand and Student Interest

To meet demand from business and interest by students, ECPI University's School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV), will begin offering programs dedicated to Baking and Pastry Arts.

"CIV has seen the number of job orders specific to baking and pastry arts increase in the past few years" says Andy Gladstein, Campus Provost of CIV. "Demand for skilled bakers and pastry chefs is up in this region and we wanted to provide a curriculum to meet this need and provide career opportunities for our students."

Chef LaKisha Frazier, a member of the industry advisory committee that participated in the development of CIV's new Baking and Pastry Arts programs, has been in the restaurant business for 20 years and owner of Terebinth Patisserie & Bistro in the Greenbrier section of Chesapeake. Nearly everything is baked fresh from scratch on site.

"We opened in 2010 and business has grown every single month," Frazier says. "There is an increasing consumer preference for scratch, freshly made, baked-on-premises food. The new program at CIV will help develop the skills and expertise that restaurant and hospitality employers need."

Classes for CIV's new Baking and Pastry Arts programs will begin Jan. 28. Students will be taught by professional chef/instructors in a hands-on, real-world industry environment at CIV's campus in Norfolk.

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Classes Bring New Flavor, Twists, Tips for Holiday Cuisine

Designed to Help People Make Most Out of Home Dining

Instead of the same old turkey leftovers, how about a homemade turkey pot pie, or turkey on wheat with melted baby Swiss, arugula, avocado, smoked paprika and garlic mayonnaise? For dessert, perhaps a deep-dish, dark chocolate pie with heavy cream, butter and amaretto.

New recipes, creative twists on traditional dishes and time-saving tips are the focus of an expanded culinary instruction program to help the public make the most of home holiday cooking and entertaining.

"We've designed the classes to help our guests enhance their knowledge, techniques and kitchen skills specifically for the busy holiday season," says Troy Camacho, chef and director of Casual Gourmet, a recreational cooking program offered at ECPI University's School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV).

"These are very hands-on classes where students will be able to go home and make what they've just learned," Chef Camacho says. "In addition to fresh new ideas, we'll examine preparation techniques, safe storage of leftovers and simple time-saving tips, such as keeping the oven closed and how to prepare food well ahead of time."

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Culinary School’s Externship Reaches 1,000 Mark

Program Helps Students Find Careers to Best Match Skills and Interests

Since opening in September 2006, more than 1,000 externships have been completed at ECPI University's School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV) in Norfolk. As an integral part of the school's curriculum, the externship program provides students with real-world, hands-on working experience in restaurants and other culinary businesses.

Unlike many culinary programs, CIV's externship program is based on a European apprenticeship model where a student would spend time in the work place while enrolled in classes at school. CIV students are also eligible to complete two externships, allowing them to explore different aspects of the food service industry, which contributes to their versatility as graduates.

Externship sites range from family-owned to corporate restaurants, university dining facilities, corporate food service, hospitality, catering companies, food media and other related businesses.

Rhys Lewis is Executive Chef at the Williamsburg Lodge, part of the Williamsburg Colonial Foundation. He has partnered with CIV for nearly five years and has had dozens of students do their externships at the lodge. Several just completed their programs.

"We rely on CIV to provide students with the right interests and talents to match our employment needs," Lewis says. "Some of our best hires were externs who are now on our staff. School personnel assess our priorities and requirements. We attend their job fairs and stay in contact with the career advisors. CIV is a great recruiting resource for us."

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