Students go outside the classroom for culinary gala

By Katherine Kington - email | Twitter

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Auburn University senior, Brandon Burleson had a lot more to study for this week than a college exam; he has had to prep and cook for Thursday night's 2010 gala at the Auburn Hotel and Conference Center.

Students who work at Ariccia restaurant in the hotel have been fortunate enough to chop and sauté alongside three of the country's most acclaimed chefs. Burleson said he's learned more in the kitchen this week than he ever would have in a classroom.

Ford Fry, chef and owner of JCT restaurant in Atlanta recognizes the importance of the event and says his main goal is to keep students motivated. "The one thing I'm passionate about telling my students is that do what you truly passionate about and don't let anyone steer you away from what you want to do."

Ariccia restaurant is known for working very closely with students majoring in hotel and restaurant management. Managing Director, Hans Van Der Reijden, says familiarizing students with real world experiences is one of man passions," We want to expose our students as much as we can to working with the top professional in the culinary world."

But these students are not just learning how to professionally dice an onion, this week, they are learning teamwork, discipline and hard work.

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