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Heart, Soul + Passionfruit: Expert Chocolatier Melissa Coppel Visits JWU

“I feel like I do what I want — and that is really a good thing and really a bad thing.” JWU Providence’s 179th Distinguished Visiting Chef Melissa Coppel is describing to a packed auditorium of rapt baking & pastry students the ways that doing what you love has its rewards as well as its drawbacks: “If you are critical of the world, you must also be critical of yourself, and be willing to dig deep.”

How to Get Competition-Ready for the S&D Culinary Challenge

Now in its 7th year, the S&D Culinary Challenge has become a signature event at JWU Charlotte. This annual demo-based competition, which is sponsored by S&D Coffee, is a great way for students to show off their culinary creativity while sharpening their presentation skills before a panel of industry expert judges.

Revisiting My Culinary Summer in Paris

As a 20-year-old culinary student, I got to experience my first summer abroad in the culinary capital of the world, France. I have traveled around the US with my family a lot but have never had the opportunity to travel outside the country.

JWU Alum Daniel Garcia’s Road to the 2017 Bocuse d’Or

JWU Providence alum Daniel Garcia’s road to the 2017 Bocuse d’Or in Lyon — widely acknowledged as the foremost culinary competition in the world — began last year, when he assisted fellow NoMad cook Vincenzo Loseto at the prestigious Ment’or BKB Young Chef competition. The duo won first place for their veal pavé with black truffle, sweetbread-stuffed morels, asparagus and snap peas.

Zero Waste, Maximum Flavor: Chef Mike Thibault '09 Returns to JWU

“The minute you stop learning as a chef is the minute you become obsolete,” Chef Mike Thibault '09 recently explained to a capacity crowd at JWU Providence’s College of Culinary Arts. The university’s 178th Distinguished Visiting Chef (DVC) was explaining how the process of becoming a leader is ever-evolving: “It’s the faith people put in you. You don’t have to have all the answers — and if you make mistakes, own up to them.”