Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students earn scholarships to study culinary arts in France

Eleven hospitality administration students competed Friday in Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s European Competition. Eight students won the opportunity to travel to France to study the culinary arts, and the three remaining students will get to take a farm-to-fort tour in May in Vermont. The competing students, from left, are Reba Wilson (France), La’Ron Gillard (Vermont), Joyce Chaney (France), DominiQue Whetstone (France), Lisa Rios (France), Sheila Mertens (Vermont), Nora Trittipo (France), Samantha Williams (France), and Patricia Jones (Vermont). Not pictured were Jason Elkins and Jacob Burger, both of whom are going to France. (Courtesy of Ivy Tech Fort Wayne)

Eight Ivy Tech Fort Wayne students won scholarships Friday to study culinary arts in France this spring.

The winning students are DominiQue Whetstone, Jason Elkins, Jacob Burger, Joyce Chaney, Reba Wilson, Nora Trittipo, Samantha Williams and Lisa Rios, an Ivy Tech Fort Wayne news release said.

They were among 11 hospital administration students in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts who competed in the campus’ 22nd annual European Competition, the news release said.

This year, students in the competition had to turn in a menu before the competition, and adherence to the menu was a factor in judges’ scoring, the news release said. Previously, students had to create menus after receiving ingredients they didn’t know about beforehand.

Culinary students prepared a meal including an entrée with a starch, vegetable and dessert, the news release said. Baking students prepared items including plated chocolate and fruit desserts, yeast bread and rolls, and a decorated cake based on a hypothetical order.

Kitchen judges watched and rated students as they worked based on technique and ability, the news release said. Floor judges tasted the completed foods and rated them without knowing what student made them.

The students who will study in France will use their experience there to develop the menu for this year’s A Reason to Taste, the college’s largest annual fundraiser, the news release said.

The three students who did not win scholarships to France will get to attend a farm-to-fork tour in May in Vermont, the news release said. Plans for the trip by students La’Ron Gillard, Patricia Jones and Sheila Mertens include touring Baird Farm, an organic maple syrup farm; watching cheese-making; learning how to milk a cow; and visiting the headquarters for King Arthur Flour.