Culinary Institute News

UT Culinary Institute Graduation, ‘Cake-Off’ Set for Friday

The Culinary Institute at UT Knoxville will graduate its fourteenth class of students and commemorate the event with a “cake-off” contest on Friday, March 23. As part of students’ finals, they bake cakes from scratch and decorate them using a theme of their choice. The cakes will be displayed, judged, and eaten at the graduation, which will be at the UT Visitors Center near Neyland Drive and Kingston Pike.

Ready for the World Café to Spice Up Lunch with Indian Cuisine

The Ready for the World Café will spice up diners’ lunches on Tuesday, March 6, with traditional Indian fare. The lunch will consist of intermezzo, or small appetizer, salad, entrée, and dessert. Advance tickets are available in the Jessie Harris Building or at 974-6645. The cost is $12, and the faculty–staff discount applies.

Ready for the World Café to Feature Brazilian Specialties

The Ready for the World Café will head way down south on Tuesday, February 28, featuring traditional dishes from Brazil. The menu includes Brazilian shrimp pie, asparagus salad, beef with caramelized onions, and coconut truffles. The cost is $12. Tickets are available in the Jessie Harris Building or at 974-6645.

UT Culinary Institute to Offer International Cooking Classes

How about a culinary passport to the cuisines of the Middle East, Asia, Europe, or Africa? The Culinary Institute at UT Knoxville beginning Jan. 21, will offer the community a series of international cooking classes to explore the fare of eight countries. The classes will run through March 10 and are $99 each.

Princess Diana’s Personal Chef to Appear at UT’s Tennessee Food and Wine Festival

Darren McGrady, a personal chef to Princess Diana and the British Royal Family for fifteen years, will make a guest appearance at the inaugural Tennessee Food and Wine Festival on October 21 and October 22. McGrady will host cooking classes and demonstrations and prepare the fare for a sit-down dinner as part of the two-day event hosted by UT Knoxville.

In Memoriam: John Antun

John Antun, associate professor in the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences and director of UT’s Culinary Institute, died Monday after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Visitation will be held Thursday and Friday, followed by a service and mass Friday afternoon.

UT Professor Helps Develop DinEX Scale to Measure Restaurant Appeal

What is it that makes you want to return to a restaurant again and again? The food? The service? Atmosphere? Sure. But according to research spearheaded by John Antun, director of the Culinary Institute at UT Knoxville, and Robert E. Frash Jr., chair of the HRT department at the College of Charleston, there are two more factors that must be added to mix — the social experience and the availability of healthy menu options.

UT-Pellissippi State Culinary Arts Partnership is Recipe for Success

Combine instructors and facilities from the Culinary Institute at UT with 46 students enrolled in the new concentration in Culinary Arts at Pellissippi State Community College…. and voila! The result is what officials believe to be a first-of-its-kind partnership between a UT institution and the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institution.