About Bistro Savoir
Bistro Savoir from the Culinary Institute of Savannah at Savannah Technical College features the finest quality ingredients that are locally sourced and handmade under the direction of Chef Jean Vendeville, world renowned pastry chef who was named the American Culinary Federation’s 2014 Chef Educator of the Year.
Academy of Toulouse Baking and Pastry Arts Educational Exchange
The first group of students studied in France for four weeks in fall 2016. In March 2017, students from the Academy of Toulouse will study at the Culinary Institute of Savannah. Students are selected as finalists for the educational exchange based on grade point average and exceptional classroom performance in addition to a culinary competition and personal interviews. These students also take weekly French classes with STC Culinary Arts Department Head Chef Jean Vendeville.
(left to right)Nicki Mueller (Culinary/Baking & Pastry – June 2018), Destiny Kelly (Baking & Pastry – June 2018), Maria Cusimano (Baking & Pastry – December 2017), Quartez Jerido (Graduated Culinary 2017 + Baking & Pastry – June 2018), and Brittany Callahan (Culinary/Baking & Pastry – June 2018) have been selected to study Baking & Pastry Arts in Fall 2017 with the Academy of Toulouse.
Boiardi Culinary Exchange Scholarship
Proceeds will benefit the Boiardi Culinary Exchange Scholarship to fund lodging/travel for an educational exchange for elite STC Culinary/Baking Pastry Arts students. Select students will study for four weeks in France.
The Culinary Institute of Savannah
The Culinary Institute of Savannah ACF-accredited culinary arts program has been described as the “best in the U.S.A” by its ACF accreditation review board. Under the leadership of Chef Vendeville, student teams have won three consecutive ACF southeast regional championships – in 2010 in the Hot Food Team competition and back-to-back wins in the Knowledge Bowl competition. In July 2012, the Knowledge Bowl Team earned a silver medal at the national ACF competition. There are more than 200 students enrolled in the program, which expanded to include teaching kitchens in Effingham and Liberty counties this year.
Under Vendeville’s leadership, the enrollment for STC’s culinary arts program has increased 130 percent since 2008. Now, there are more than 200 enrolled with new classes offered. Vendeville has assembled a top-notch team of faculty, who have each earned national American Culinary Federation (ACF) certification under his leadership. He has embedded many aspects of sustainability into the program including an on-campus organic vegetable garden, an herb garden, and a composting site.
According to his committee chair, the Culinary Institute of Savannah, offering ACF-accredited diploma and degree programs in culinary arts, is the “best in the U.S.A.,” and it has gone “well over and above the standards and expectations for a technical college teaching facility.” The committee recommended that the program receive the maximum accreditation time of seven years, when the average is three years.
At the ACF National Convention in July 2014, Vendeville competed to win the top national honor of Chef Educator of the Year. At the 2012 ACF Southeastern Regional Conference, Vendeville received the top ACF award – the President’s Medallion. This award is the ultimate honor for a lifetime of commitment and service to the standards and excellence ACF exemplifies.
Vendeville was named 2012 Instructor of the Year by the Technical College System of Georgia and Chef Educator of the Year by the Low Country Chapter of the ACF. He has led student teams to win three consecutive American Culinary Federation (ACF) Southeast Regional Championships – in 2010 in the Hot Food Team competition and back-to-back wins in the Knowledge Bowl competition in 2011 and 2012. He has achieved his ACF Lifetime Certification as an Executive Pastry Chef and holds a Lifetime Certification as an Executive Chef from the Chef Association of America.
Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 4,500 credit students each semester, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Business and Technology, Public Service, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.