Lindsay Autry Schools Students at Johnson & Wales Dinner (Photos)
|All photos by Laine Doss|
|Lindsay Autry and Dean Bruce Ozga present a scholarship to Benjamin Blodgett.|
Autry, a 2004 JWU graduate, spent the day with students, who volunteered their time to learn from the chef who has amassed quite a resume in the relatively short time since she was in the very same classrooms. "I keep thinking there's going to be an exam or someone's going to yell at me," Autry quipped when introduced by JWU's Dean of Culinary Arts Education, Bruce Ozga.
Autry, a protege of Miami's own reigning queen of the kitchen Michelle Bernstein and Top Chef alumna, prepared a menu consisting of mostly local products, going so far as to bring her own baskets from Swank Specialty Produce in Loxahatchee for the dinner. Autry is currently hosting a series of pop-up dinners throughout South Florida, working with various chefs and culinary themes. Her next events, held on May 20 & 21 with chef Roy Villacrusis, will have a Sunday Supper/Monday Leftover theme.
The Distinguished Visiting Chef series raises scholarship money for culinary arts students. Junior Benjamin Blodgett of Jacksonville was the recipient of the evening's $2,000 award, presented in Autry's name.
Short Order spent the morning with chef Autry and JWU students, where they talked candidly about their expectations for the future. Read about the day in the life of a culinary arts student on Monday.
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