Timon Balloo at Johnson & Wales University Dinner
|All photos by Laine Doss|
|Chef Timon Balloo shows a JWU student how to plate his beet salad.|
The event, held last Friday, January 27 at the University's North Miami campus, brought Balloo back on campus. Balloo graduated in 2002 and the former student became the teacher for one evening. And teach, he did.
"These greens are meant for 60 plates, so they have to last", Balloo told a student who was helping plate the first course, a golden beet salad with Burata cheese.
Balloo spent the day before the dinner with the students. His advice to the fledgling chefs and future restaurateurs in the class? "Work hard and do whatever it takes. Don't worry about the money. Work for free if you have to. You pay a lot of tuition. Why wouldn't you want to work at the best restaurants for free to further that education?"
Balloo was obviously impressed by the students, mostly freshmen and sophomores, who worked under him for the dinner. It was announced that Balloo has extended internship offers to the students when they were ready.
The Distinguished Visiting Chef series raises scholarship money for culinary arts students. Freshman Megan Wilson was the recipient of the evening's $2,000 award. The final DVC dinner in the series will feature Alex Pinero, executive chef at Sustain Restaurant + Bar later in the spring.
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