DENVER – Jan 7, 2010 - JWU’s Denver Campus is pleased to announce that Kerstin Kleber has been appointed chair of the International Baking and Pastry Institute located in the College of Culinary Arts. Kleber will be responsible for ensuring the success of the International Baking and Pastry Institute, which employs a hands-on learning approach to teach aspiring pastry arts professionals. Facilities are equipped with top of the line equipment, almost two million dollars worth of goods and materials, and ovens imported from France. Kleber studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Ecole Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil in Paris, France, and Ecole Le Notre in Plassier, France, and was a pastry instructor at JWU’s Charleston Campus from 2001 to 2004. Having worked at well-known restaurants in New York, N.Y., Charleston, S.C., and Munich, Germany, for almost 20 years, she also has the real-world experience to help prepare students for their careers. She has been a James Beard House invited chef, selected as one of Restaurant Hospitality Magazine’s “20 Rising Stars of 2000” and featured on "Martha Stewart Living." John Mariani of Esquire magazine wrote, “If there is a better pastry chef in the South than Kerstin Kleber, I haven’t met her.” “We are delighted to have Kerstin Kleber as a leader at Johnson & Wales University,” said JWU President Bette Matkowski. “She will be an incredible professional mentor to our pastry arts instructors and students.” Contact: Lindsay Morgan Tracy, 303-256-9452 (work) and 303-246-3789 (cell)
Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University (JWU)is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students at its four campuses in Providence, RI; North Miami, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; and Charlotte, NC. An innovative educational leader, the university offers programs in business, nutrition and health sciences, hospitality, culinary arts, technology and education. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 152 countries pursuing careers worldwide.