Culinary Students Celebrate AANHPI at Disney Springs

Monday, June 20, 2022

Downtown Campus pastry students, who are enrolled in the Contemporary Cakes and Pastry course, recently visited Disney Springs for a special demo by Reuben Gutierrez, a Walt Disney World pastry culinary cast member from Amorette’s Patisserie, who uses sweet treats and flavors to honor his Filipino American heritage.

During the May visit — to celebrate Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month — Chef Reuben shared how he developed a native cultural recipe that was featured at Amorette’s for AANHPI Month, and he provided a hands-on assembly demonstration of the dessert. Following, students toured the front and heart of the house operations and received the finished dessert and the recipe.

Additionally, students had the opportunity to ask Disney’s Community Engagement and Recruiting team about employment locations and opportunities while dining at D-Luxe Burger.

“This was a great way for students to see how the current skills they are learning translate into creative and profitable industry positions in our local economy,” explained Elisa Brewer, manager, laboratories, Walt Disney World Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality.

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