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WPSU Radio Visits Le Jeune Chef Restaurant

Emily Wiley, a WPSU producer, interviews Pennsylvania College of Technology culinary arts and systems student Noah D. Deibler-Gorman, of Lewisburg, in the kitchens of Penn College%E2%80%99s School of Hospitality.WPSU Radio recently visited Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant to interview faculty, staff, students and restaurant guests.

Emily Wiley, a producer for the University Park-based public radio station and a writer for WPSU’s “Local Food Journey” blog, conducted interviews on Sept. 9 with School of Hospitality dean Fred Becker, instructors Monica J. Lanczak and Michael J. Ditchfield, executive chef Stephen A. Manley, and several students, as well as 2006 alumnus Lance Smith.

She observed students in the Classical Cuisines of the World and Regional American Cuisine courses busily working under the direction of Smith now chef du cuisine at Tillman’s Roadhouse in Fort Worth, Texas to prepare an unforgettable wedding rehearsal dinner for the family and friends of Smith and his wife, the former Kimberly Donahey, who also graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts technology. Smith, who worked alongside accomplished chefs who visited the campus while he was a student, sought to pass that experience on to the current class of students.

Wiley also observed students, both interns and part-time employees, as they joined full-time professional staff in the Le Jeune Chef kitchen in preparing the fare for the evening’s dinner guests. The restaurant, which serves as a hands-on learning space for students in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and hospitality management majors, is open to the public, giving students an outlet to master their skills.

The story is scheduled to air on WPSU Radio found at 91.5 FM in central Pennsylvania Thursday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. It also is available on the station’s website .

To learn more about the School of Hospitality at Penn College, call 570-327-4505 or visit online . For information about Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, visit on the Web or call 570-320-CHEF.

For general information about the college, visit online , e-mail or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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