Culinard instructors recognized internationally

Aug 10, 2011

"Award–winning and internationally–recognized" aren't just buzzwords when we talk about the instructional staff at Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College in Jacksonville. Here are just a few examples.

Mary Schaefer, Program Director

  • American Culinary Federation's Culinary Competition, Honolulu, Hawaii, Gold Medal
  • Certified Executive Pastry Chef, American Culinary Federation
  • Recipient of Walt Disney World's Lifetime Award, Partners In Excellence
  • Finalist for the 2007 Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, Women Who Inspire Golden Bowl Award
  • TV Food Network: Guest appearances on four shows including "Unwrapped" and "Dining Around"
  • Grand Hotel Dalian, Dalian, China: Taught a six–week baking class and conducted demonstrations
  • The Outrigger Resort, Majuro, Marshall Islands: Trained kitchen staff in baking and conducted demonstrations



Phillip Brown, Instructor

  • Ritz–Carlton, Cancun, Mexico: Executive Chef
  • Taste of Chocolate Challenges, Jacksonville, FL: Awarded Best Overall, Best Presentation, and Best Chocolate
  • The Westbury Hotel, Dublin, Ireland: Conducted cooking demonstrations, designed menus, guest chef, and guest speaker
  • Ritz–Carlton Resort, St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands: Chef on the opening team



Paul Zito, Instructor

  • Marriott International Corporation: Bill Tiefel Award for Outstanding Service
  • Certified Executive Chef, American Culinary Federation



Christiana Gifford, Instructor

  • Castle Venlaw Hotel, Scotland: Pastry Chef and conducted cooking demonstrations