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From Food Network’s ‘Sweet Genius’ to the Four Seasons: Chef Lasheeda Perry '08

It says a lot about Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta’s Executive Pastry Chef Lasheeda Perry '08 that her Instagram handle is @misschefsmileypants. (“Smiling never goes out of style,” reads her bio page motto.)

The first thing she does when she’s introduced as JWU Providence’s 182nd Distinguished Visiting Chef (DVC) by interim Dean Susan Marshall is to give shoutouts to her favorite instructors in the audience: “Hi, Chef Stamm! Hi, Chef Alexander! Hi, Chef Miscovich!” Whenever a student asks her a question, she beams: “Great question, yay!” Her high-wattage smile is present even when she’s concentrating on plating up her demonstration dessert, a coconut tres leches cake with ube (purple yam) ice cream and a macadamia crunch tuile.

Bread Experts Convene at JWU for WheatStalk 2018

The rock stars of the baking industry recently convened at JWU’s Providence Campus for WheatStalk 2018, a 3-day immersion in the art, science, craft and technology of bread. Organized by the Bread Bakers Guild of America (BBGA), the conference drew more than 200 lucky culinary educators, artisan bakers, chefs and food professionals eager to learn from James Beard Award winners, internationally-celebrated bakers and trailblazers like Joanne Chang (Flour), Ana Sortun (Oleana), Zachary Golper (Bien Cuit) and Melissa Weller (Sadelle’s), among others.

#JWUVotes: Make America Cake Again

Cake! Who doesn’t love it?

A group of bakers — including Richard Miscovich, associate professor and department chair of the International Baking & Pastry Institute at JWU’s Providence Campus — are using cake to help bring us together in this trying election season.

Baking with Martha Stewart

JWU Providence baking students Marissa Bunnewith, Gabrielle Masullo, Mary Grace McGuinn, Alexandra Paradise, Lacey Sherrer and Christina Egan with Martha Stewart (center) on the set of “Martha Stewart Bakes.” Photo: Mike Krautter

Six students from JWU Providence’s International Baking & Pastry Institute (IBPI) recently filmed two episodes of Martha Stewart’s PBS show, “Martha Bakes,” now in its sixth season.

Cake Genius Joshua John Russell on His Evolution as a Baker

Joshua John Russell to JWU students: “You can break the rules as long as you learn how to do it right the first time.” | Photo: Peter Goldberg

“You can break the rules as long as you learn how to do it right the first time,” Joshua John Russell '01 told a packed auditorium at JWU’s Providence Campus.

Russell, a veteran of “Food Network Challenge” and “Last Cake Standing,” was referring to traditional piping techniques in this case, something he calls “a dying art,” but stresses this applicable to just about anything.