Story by Elizabeth Catacutan, second-year Creative Communications
What would you do with a three-year supply of the world’s finest chocolate?
Red River College’s Paterson GlobalFoods Institute (PGI) is sharing it with their culinary students to teach them the art and science of chocolate making.
The in-kind donation comes from a partnership between PGI and Cacao Barry and Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products. Cacao Barry and Callebaut are recognized around the globe as innovative masters in chocolate products.
“Chocolate isn’t cheap,” says Chantalle Noschese (shown, above), Chef and Culinary Arts Instructor at Red River College.
Noschese returned from training with a master chocolatier from the Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy late October. This valuable experience is another extension of the partnership agreement with Callebaut, which will see one RRC Culinary instructor sent to Quebec each year to train at the Chocolate Academy.
“It’s important that if I’m teaching students, I need to be as educated as I can be,” says Noschese. “I feel better prepared and more knowledgeable, and I can pass that down to the students.”
The partners have also put in place an agreement that Callebaut’s technical advisor will visit RRC every second year to run a demonstration for aspiring chefs. Callebaut’s master chocolatier was at RRC in early November 2012 for his first visit.
“We’re on trend and that’s only going to enhance the experience for the students,” says Noschese. “They’re getting the best education we can provide thanks to these partnerships.”
Click here for more information about RRC’s Culinary Arts program.