Wake Tech Culinary Students Travel to France

March 6th, 2012


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RALEIGH, N.C. (March 6, 2012) - Wake Tech culinary arts students are preparing for the educational experience of a lifetime! Five students and their instructor will depart for Le Touquet, France, on Thursday, March 8, to study French cuisine at a culinary school and learn the ropes in French restaurants. The public can follow their trip and gain insight on authentic French cooking on Twitter at @jjhadley59 or search #culinaryexchange.

The students will study at Lycee d’Etat Hotelier du Touquet and attend seminars and tastings, as well as working with chefs at area hotels. Other activities will include dining with a French chef at his Michelin star restaurant, touring the Champagne region, and enjoying a weekend in Paris before returning on March 27.

Wake Tech has had a successful association with the Lycee d’Etat Hotelier du Touquet for two decades, and culinary students have made an annual trip there since 2008. Students from the French culinary school also travel here each year, to observe culinary instruction at Wake Tech and to work in hotels and restaurants in the Raleigh area.

Students making the trip include Drew Carelle of Cary, Angela Montalvo of Apex, Leah Scheib of Clayton, and Melanie Taylor and Suzanne Downs of Raleigh. Wake Tech Culinary Arts department head Jeff Hadley is leading the group.

“The French exchange program has so many benefits for our students from a professional and cultural perspective,” Hadley says. “Even though a different language is spoken there, the students learn our industry has a universal language all its own.”

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The Wake Tech students have worked hard to finance the trip. They collected donations and hosted fundraising events, including a five-course French dinner that served 40 people and raised $2,000.

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