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Faculty, students teach at Philadelphia National Candy Show


A baking and pastry arts chef/instructor at Pennsylvania College of Technology wrote the curriculum for the Confectionary Institute at the 138th Philadelphia National Candy, Gift and Gourmet Show in September.

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts at Pennsylvania College of Technology, developed the curriculum for and taught at the Confectionary Institute at the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia’s semi-annual Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show in Hershey. Educational events were coordinated by RCAP board member Laura Tornichio (left), education director for the show.
Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts at Pennsylvania College of Technology, developed the curriculum for and taught at the Confectionary Institute at the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia’s semi-annual Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show in Hershey. Educational events were coordinated by RCAP board member Laura Tornichio (left), education director for the show.

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, named a 2017 Top Ten Pastry Chef in America by Dessert Professional Magazine, developed the coursework for the daylong institute, a new addition to the candy show, and taught the “chocolate confectionary” track. He recruited noted pastry chef Susan Notter, USA sales professional for Max Felchlin Chocolate, to teach a “sugar confectionary” track.

The Confectionary Institute was attended by both new and seasoned professional candy makers, including candy shop owners, chefs and pastry chefs. In addition to essential techniques for making high quality candy, the course materials included industry trends and inspirational techniques, taught through lecture, interactive demonstrations and product tastings.

Penn College student Natascha G. Santaella (right), of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, serves as a teaching assistant to Chef Susan Notter, USA sales professional for Max Felchlin Chocolate.
Penn College student Natascha G. Santaella (right), of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, serves as a teaching assistant to Chef Susan Notter, USA sales professional for Max Felchlin Chocolate.

Penn College students Natascha G. Sataella, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, who received an associate degree in baking and pastry arts in 2017 and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in applied management, and Sarah A. Bryan, of Bellefonte, a sophomore in baking and pastry arts, joined Chef Todd M. Keeley, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, in assisting Niedermyer and Notter.

During the wider, three-day Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show at the Hershey Lodge, Penn College baking and pastry arts students Gloria F. Boronow, of Denver; Jacqueline R. Dull, of Mohnton; and Sabrina R. McClintock, of Mechanicsburg, worked with Laura Tornichio, the show’s education director, to execute a schedule of professional seminars and demonstrations.

The twice-annual Philadelphia National Candy, Gift and Gourmet Show is sponsored by the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia.

Niedermyer earned associate and bachelor’s degrees from Penn College. He is active in the Bread Bakers Guild of America, through which he was named a national finalist for the U.S. team that competed at the 2016 Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie. He is a frequent presenter at industry shows and assists with educational conferences across the country.

Chocolate was among the stars of the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show, where several Penn College students helped the event’s education director, Laura Tornichio, to execute seminars for candy-making professionals.
Chocolate was among the stars of the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show, where several Penn College students helped the event’s education director, Laura Tornichio, to execute seminars for candy-making professionals.

Penn College offers degrees in baking and pastry arts, culinary arts, hospitality management, and sport and event management. To learn more, call 570-327-4505 or visit the School of Business & Hospitality.

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