MUSKEGON, Mich. – Baker College’s Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM) graduate Dylan Donovan has been awarded the $6,900 Chicago JBF Eats Week Scholarship by the prestigious James Beard Foundation to continue his culinary studies.
Donovan earned an associate degree in culinary arts at the CIM Muskegon in 2014. He is pursuing a bachelor’s in culinology® at Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois.
It was during his time at the CIM that Donovan realized his culinary strengths.
“Throughout my CIM courses and involvement with the CIM hot food competition team, I learned that my strong suit was the analytical and empirical approach to food production,” Donovan said.
Succeeding as a member of the competition team called for critical attention to food preparation and presentation. The team earned a bronze medal in the 2014 American Culinary Federation Michigan state competition.
“Dylan is an accomplished CIM graduate who exemplifies what our program is about,” said Bruce Konowalow, CIM Muskegon dean of culinary arts. “He is driven by his passion for culinary exploration and excellence.”
Donovan is a native of Farmington and lives in River Forest. He chose the CIM after graduating high school with a technical certificate in culinary arts and hospitality from Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southwest (OSTC).
“I heard about the Culinary Institute of Michigan through OSTC chef John McCormack,” said Donovan. “He knew about the strengths of the CIM, and he recommended it above other prestigious culinary schools. I also did my own research and decided it was a great fit for me.”
Upon graduation from the CIM, Donovan landed an internship at America’s Test Kitchen, in Brookline, Massachusetts. He then pursued the culinology degree, which integrates culinary arts and food science and prepares students for employment in food product development and restaurant menu creation. Culinology is the registered trademark of the Research Chefs Association.
Donovan works part time as a culinary assistant at Ed Miniat LLC, a producer of meats cooked under vacuum, or sous vide, for nationally recognized retail food brands and restaurant chains.
The Chicago JBF Eats Week scholarship is sponsored by Choose Chicago and the Illinois Restaurant Association in partnership with Chicago’s diverse restaurant community. It was created in conjunction with the city’s hosting of the annual James Beard Foundation Ceremony.
The JBF, founded in 1986, celebrates, nurtures and honors America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful and delicious food. The Foundation continues in the same spirit today by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training and thought-leader convening. For more information, visit www.jamesbeard.org.
Baker College offers culinary programs in Muskegon and Port Huron at world-class facilities built specifically for the study of culinary arts. For more information, contact Kathy Jacobson in the admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231.777.5200, or visit www.baker.edu.
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