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WKCTCs Culinary Training Coordinator Heads to Music City for Pastry Chef Position

West Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges culinary training coordinator, Miranda Turner, has recently accepted the position as the pastry chef at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn.

Turner began working part-time for the colleges Campus Culinary Services in December 2010 prior to graduating from WKCTC with an associate in applied science degree in culinary arts in May 2011.

WKCTC Food Service Supervisor Linda Hollingsworth soon began expanding the Campus Culinary Services and Turner earned a full-time position working in the Cyber Caf located in the Emerging Technology Center. The knowledge Turner gained played an important role in the development and opening of the Center Caf in the colleges Student Center.

Next Turner transitioned to her position as culinary training coordinator where she began teaching classes for cooks working in the river industry. By being placed into a role where I was educating and training individuals, I was able to work with a large amount of diverse students. The classes helped establish the Marine Culinary Track within the colleges Marine Technology program.

Since the cooks training began in 2010, over 700 cooks from across the country trained at WKCTC.

Turner said she is ready to make the move to Nashville thanks to Hollingsworth and the faculty in the WKCTC Culinary Arts program.

I have always seen my instructors from culinary arts as my mentors. Everything that Ive learned from my time in the kitchen and in the classroom has shaped me in amazing ways, said Turner. I am certain that without the knowledge passed on by my instructors and those Ive worked for, I would lack the essential skills and the confidence to even apply for a position like this.

For more information about the WKCTC Culinary Arts program, contact Patrick Fletcher at 270-534-3429 or For more information about the Marine Technology program, contact Stan Wallace at 270-534-3285 or at