Nicholls State University cooking students are putting their culinary skills into practice at the Masters golf tournament.
Thirty-six students from the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute were invited to gain work experience at the Augusta National Golf Club for the prestigious international sporting event.
The students boarded a bus bound for Augusta, Ga., on April 3 and are expected to return Monday.
Chef Randy Cheramie, the culinary institute's executive director, said the Golf Club contacted him about involving Nicholls students in the Masters. John Johnstone, director of food service, visited Nicholls and provided information to interested students.
The students are working in a wide range of jobs, including servers, pantry assistants and other support positions. Some students will also have the opportunity to work in the Champions Locker, where the celebrity golfers are fed.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our culinary degree-seeking students to not only gain experience but also to boost their resume for when they enter the workforce after graduation,” said Louisiana Chef John Folse, the institute's namesake.
The Masters is one of the four major championships held each year for professional golfers. The first Masters Tournament, originally called the Augusta National Invitational, was held March 22, 1934.
The Chef John Folse Culinary Institute is the only public university in Louisiana to offer a bachelor of science degree in culinary arts. Since its inception in 1996, the institute has awarded nearly 600 degrees.
Last year, the institute broke ground on a new, state-of-the art facility that will span 33,000 square feet. The new building is scheduled to open for Spring 2015 classes.