Creative Process, Personal Philosophy Drive This Year's Distinguished Visiting Chefs

Rachael Burns '05 is an alumna who's quickly made a name for herself in the baking and pastry world. Martin Yan is a world-renowned master chef known for his award-winning US cooking show. They've been named by JWU's Charlotte Campus as this year's Distinguished Visiting Chefs.

Since it was first established on the Charlotte Campus in 2004, some of the nation's leading chefs have been honored in JWU’s Distinguished Visiting Chef program. The DVC series brings together some of the culinary world's greatest names with JWU students to offer tips for success, and demonstrate the techniques, creativity and personal philosophies that set them apart from their peers. A scholarship is awarded in the DVC's name to an outstanding culinary student.

Burns is responsible for producing all bread, pastries, gelato and desserts for Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen and Noble’s Restaurant. She will speak on Mon, Feb 22 from 8:30-10:30am and 2-4pm. During the presentation, baking & pastry student Sarah King will be awarded the $2,000 scholarship. 

Martin Yan has hosted more than 3,000 cooking shows, including his much-beloved PBS show "Yan Can Cook." His presentation and demo takes place on Thu, Mar 11 from 9:30-11am and 1:45-3:15pm. The scholarship winner has not been announced yet.