August 27, 2010 – Michele Brown, professor of culinary arts at Collin College,
was named the 2010 Pastry Chef of the Year by the Texas Chefs Association.
Professor Wins Coveted Chef's Award
Brown, of Wylie, has been a full-time professor at Collin College since January 2008.
“It’s an honor,” Brown said of the award. “It’s great exposure for the college and good for the students to see that there are opportunities for acknowledgement outside of the kitchen, and that there is a big group of professionals working together to better the culinary field and, in my case, pastry arts.”
Brown will compete next April in New Orleans at the American Culinary Federation Central Regional Conference. The Texas Chefs Association is the Texas affiliate of the American Culinary Federation.
Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in pastry arts/foodservice management from Johnson & Wales University. Before coming to Collin College, Brown worked at a number of restaurants in New York City and ran her own wedding cake business.
One year ago, Collin College opened the doors to its Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Education at the Preston Ridge Campus in Frisco. The facility totals 9,200 square feet including three teaching kitchens, a classroom/restaurant lab, ingredients room, central dishroom and faculty offices.
Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development.