Classically-trained Pastry Chef Appointed Chair of JWU's IBPI

img FCM CUL DEN Kleber 170x150DENVER – Jan 7, 2010 – JWU’s Denver Campus has appointed Kerstin Kleber as the new chair of the International Baking and Pastry Institute, located within the College of Culinary Arts.

Kleber will be responsible for ensuring the success of the International Baking and Pastry Institute (IBPI), 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.

Once an engineer for IBM, 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; she was a pastry instructor at JWU’s Charleston Campus from 2001-2004. Having worked at well-known restaurants in New York, NY, Charleston, SC, and Munich, Germany, for almost 20 years, she also has the real-world experience to fully 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 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 Bette Matkowski, president of the Denver Campus. “She will be an incredible professional mentor to our pastry arts instructors and students.”