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From ‘MasterChef’ to JWU Denver, Thanks to an Amazing Offer from Gordon Ramsay

A dream come true? Gabriel Lewis may have been eliminated from “MasterChef” Season 8, but he walked away a big time winner. Noting his ambition and talent, Chef Gordon Ramsay is personally funding Gabriel’s culinary education at Johnson & Wales University’s Denver Campus.

Harvesting Hope: Gracie’s Chef Matt Varga on Growing RI’s Food Systems

This year’s Harvesting Hope fundraiser to benefit the Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) will feature a menu designed by Gracie’s executive chef Matt Varga '05 that will draw almost exclusively from local farmers, purveyors and brewers. The event, which takes place at the Squantum Association on Tuesday, October 3, highlights the SCLT’s work to strengthen, expand and better integrate a sustainable local food system here in Rhode Island.

Celebrating #Canada150 with ‘Chopped’ Champion Trevor Ritchie

“Can anyone name any Canadian dishes?” Canadian “Chopped” champion Trevor Ritchie recently visited JWU Denver to discuss and demonstrate Canadian culinary flair. When students came back with a resounding answer of “poutine,” Chef Ritchie — chef-technologist at Toronto’s George Brown College — took the opportunity to spark a conversation about the meaning of “authentic” native cuisine.

JWU Study Abroad: Pan-Asian Cuisine + Culture

For JWU Providence culinary teaching assistant Jared Kent, heading to Singapore and Thailand for Study Abroad’s Pan-Asian Cuisine and Culture this past summer was rewarding on so many levels — from learning the secrets of wok cookery from Singaporean master chefs at At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy to sparring in a Thai boxing ring.

Trends + Takeaways from JWU Charlotte’s Inaugural Bread Symposium

What are the next big trends in bread, both small- and large-scale? Last month, JWU Charlotte’s first annual International Bread Symposium brought some of the bread world’s best and brightest together to share ideas. In this blog post, Symposium organizer Chef Peter Reinhart sums up his takeaways from an amazing two days: