The Ocean Reef Club is the biggest of its kind in the nation and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a favorite cooking school of a senior director at the club.
Philippe P. Reynaud, the director of culinary operations at the club makes a trip each year to the cooking school alongside the club’s recruiting manager. The club hosts an internship program that allows the best students from the cooking school to spend weeks rotating through the various kitchens at the club.
The Ocean Reef Club handles everything from catering to special events that require the craft of top chefs in multiple culinary disciplines. Interns from the cooking school are afforded the unique opportunity to experience a variety of culinary settings and participate in the preparation of world-renowned cuisines. Some students are even offered full-time, permanent positions at the club following graduation.
The cooking school’s online news publication noted that the staff at the school is especially happy about the results of the partnership. “[Reynaud] brings out the best in each and every individual he works with, and he returns our students to us enthusiastic and full of passion,” said department chairperson Albert Wutsch.
That’s a shared sentiment according to the ocean Reef’s own publication – the Ocean Reef Press. An edition of the publication said that although guests who are returning to the club may notice a whole new set of chefs in the kitchen each time they visit, they could expect the excellent cuisine expected from the club’s various food outlets. The Ocean Reef Club seems to be proud of their work with future generations of chefs, adding to the article that they are offering the students a great learning experience while reaping the benefits of passionate culinary artists from the cooking school.