Four student chefs from Louisville’s Sullivan University are headed for Erfut, Germany, on Friday, to compete in the World Culinary Olympics. Today they met with Mayor Greg Fischer, who wished the students a bon voyage, and remarked, "I can't tell you how much I brag about out our city's culinary activities."
More than 16,000 chefs from around the world will compete in this year’s Culinary Olympics; an event which is held every four years.
Sullivan’s Director of Baking and Pastry, Derek Spendlove, will accompany the four students, who were selected in a local competition at the University. Aspiring chefs Kendall Knies, Jordyn Moseley, Halie Raymer and Kelsee Newman, will compete against chefs from 56 countries that will be represented in the five-day Olympics.
Already seasoned competitors, Sullivan’s Pastry Team has racked up an impressive array of medals. Last year, Kelsee Newman won a gold medal at the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) Music City Challenge in Nashville, Tennessee. Earlier this year, Haile Raymer and Kelsee won two gold medals at an ACF competition in Michigan. And, recently, Kendall Knies, Jordyn Mosely, Kelsee Newman, Haile Raymer, Anna Rossell and Alyssa Taranto competed in Cincinatti, Ohio, and swept the competition by winning five gold medals and one silver medal.
While these young pastry students are used to the stress of competing, the World Culinary Olympics poses new challenges. For instance, unlike other venues, at the Olympics all four students will be competing as professionals against the best pastry chefs in the world.
Jordyn and Haile are entering creative and complex butter sculptures. Jordyn is doing the Kights of the Round Table - 13 to be exact; Haile is creating her own concept with Chef Spendlove’s guidance. Kelsee has designed a very intricate mixed media showpiece, nearly three feet tall, out of chocolate, under the watch of Chef Instructor Scott Turner. Kendall will be competing in the petit four category, creating six each of five different designs.
“Competing is truly exciting for all students,“ stated Chef Spendlove, team manager, adding, “The journey of competing is to learn and build confidence. I am very proud of these pastry students who have proven over the last year that with the right attitude and determination dreams can come true.”
The Sullivan University Olympic Pastry Team has its own FaceBook Page
Photo credits: Sullivan University, Office of Louisville Metro Mayor