PTC Culinary Students Cater The Vyrle Davis Student Achievement Awards
Students and faculty from Pinellas Technical College's Commercial Foods and Culinary Arts program served breakfast for 700 guests at the Vyrle Davis Student Achievement Awards Breakfast on Saturday, April 8th, at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg.
The inaugural awards event honored more than 220 African American students who demonstrated academic excellence. The event was named in memory of the late Vyrle Davis, who worked for 40 years as teacher and school administrator for Pinellas County Schools. In 1986, Davis was named the county’s first African American Area Superintendent. He remained in that role until he retired in 1995.
Both Pinellas Technical College campuses catered the breakfast. Student chefs on the St. Petersburg campus included Maria Rosado, Craig Nedoff, Mathew Allende, Alicia Clark, Janmekl Martin, John Brady, Lauren Nobles, Keenan Rogers and Jaspreet Virdi.
They prepared scrambled eggs, cheese grits, and bacon. Student chefs on the Clearwater campus included Steven Johnson, Alisa Ruia, Ricci Ruiz, Roberto Sanchez, Kevin Prosser, Bobby Petalas, Rashaad Scott, Michael Schofield and Isla Meridith. They prepared the baked mini Danish, coffee and orange juice. All students worked under the direction of their culinary instructors and they included: Chef Bill Kittell, Chef Joe Hlavacka, Chef Lennox Preudhomme, Chef Rose Audibert, Chef Brian Minkin, Chef Jacqueline Drum, Chef Joe Erickson, Chef Bruce Audibert. In addition, Fran Ricottilli helped to transport equipment and food to the event.