Date: February 1, 2013
SUBJECT: THE KEETER CENTER TAKES FIRST AT ART & ROMANCE OF CHOCOLATE
By: Tyler Lopez
College of the Ozarks culinary arts students and chefs from The Keeter Center received first place awards at the “Art & Romance of Chocolate” show and competition, sponsored by Friends of the Springfield Art Museum.
Hundreds of museum supporters and chocolate lovers sampled a wide variety of candies, cakes, pastries and desserts offered by 16 vendors at the 12th annual event held on Sunday, January 27, at the Shrine Mosque in downtown Springfield.
The C of O team, led by Keeter Center chefs Nancy Frew and Chris Freeman, created a chocolate pasta and chocolate cobbler, which received first place in the desserts category, as well as the People’s Choice award. Senior Rebekkah Richardson, junior Hannah Burke, and sophomores Aimee Bailey and Ruth Osborne assisted in the creation and the serving of the award-winning dessert. “The students work on everything,” said Freeman. “It’s a student-driven project.”
“It was a lot of fun being creative with what we made,” said culinary arts student Ruth Osbourne. “I was just in it for the experience, but the fact that we won was definitely a bonus.” Osbourne plans on continuing her education within the field of culinary arts upon graduation and may work towards opening her own establishment in the future.
“It’s a very rigorous and sometimes stressful process but student participation adds valuable weight to their professional resume, and it all helps as they begin their culinary career,” said Jerry Shackette, associate professor of hotel and restaurant management.