Culinard students appear on Sundance Channel cooking show

Aug 26, 2011

Carolyn Mathers, owner of Queen G's Cafe in Mobile, Ala., was featured—along with Culinard students—in an episode of the Sundance Channel's new reality program "Ludo Bites America." (MIKE KITTRELL/Press-Register)

Three Culinard students recently appeared on a Sundance Channel reality show.

It all started earlier this year when students at Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College in Mobile, were asked to participate in a little competition.

Program Director Chef Jason Lafferty explains. "I was told to get the best of the best we had to offer and give them two dishes to prepare. They would then be judged by a celebrity chef. None of the students knew the chef was Ludo Lefebvre (a classically trained, five–star French chef and star of "Ludo Bites America") or that they were trying out for a TV show."

The temperamental Chef Ludo's new show on Sundance Channel features "guerilla style pop–up" restaurants that serve food for only one day. Ludo perfected the concept in Los Angeles, where LudoBites locations pop up for a few weeks and then relocate. Now, he has taken his show on the road, filming in local restaurants across America. Queen G's Café was selected for such an experience in Mobile and owner Carolyn Mathers said she was flattered to be included in one the six episodes of the program to be aired.

Academic Dean Dale Conley appreciated the experience offered his students. "Ludo selected three students for the privilege of being yelled at on camera by a French chef! That kind of opportunity does not happen every day, and it looks great on a resume."

"Chef Ludo told us our students were talented, our facilities and chefs were top notch, and he would gladly recommend Culinard students to other chefs for externs and employment. It was a real honor to hear that from him," said Chef Lafferty.

Read more about the day of filming at Queen G's Café here.