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Students’ kitchen hustle noticed by Derby’s hometown channel

Penn College face masks are in abundance among culinary students fulfilling their Derby duties.
Penn College face masks are in abundance among culinary students fulfilling their Derby duties.

Penn College students and faculty, returning to Churchill Downs to prepare high-end meals for hungry Kentucky Derby crowds this week, attracted news coverage by the Louisville, Kentucky, NBC affiliate.

WAVE3 aired and posted a story detailing the work of Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and his students – in concert, yet again, with David Danielson, executive chef. (Danielson has worked for years with Penn College students during Derby Week, and was on campus in 2016 as part of the Visiting Chef Series.)

“It’s so important that this is the only event we’ve done this year,” Niedermyer said. “We’ve canceled and not committed to anything else, but the college was committed to sending the students to the Kentucky Derby. It’s one of the top sporting events in the world. And for my students, it’s an opportunity to see a level of food production that you just can’t comprehend unless you’re here.”

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