BU Today Highlights Buttermilk Boutique Founder and Gastronomy Alum Tie Whittaker

Before earning her master’s in Gastronomy at BU’s Metropolitan College, Tie Whittaker (MET’12) stepped away from a looming career in law to follow a more sincere passion: to be a pastry chef. It started in the kitchens of her grandmothers, Whittaker says. “I had decided that I wanted to keep my grandmothers’ recipes alive—that was […]

Culinary Arts Instructor a Guest on Chef-Talk Podcast

Kevin O’Donnell, a chef instructor in the Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts at Metropolitan College, recently joined author Andrew Friedman for an interview on his podcast, Andrew Talks to Chefs. In the conversation, O’Donnell chronicles his long career in the kitchen, which has allowed him to travel all over the world, living in places […]

Get a Look Inside Newly Renamed, Upgraded Groce Pépin Culinary Innovation Laboratory

After completing a four-month, $200,000 renovation, the kitchen space at the heart of Metropolitan College’s Programs in Food & Wine has been rechristened: the Groce Pépin Culinary Innovation Laboratory. The designation honors acclaimed chef and cofounder of MET’s Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts, Jacques Pépin (Hon.’11) as well as 2017 MET Distinguished Alumni Award […]

Gastronomy Alum Unpacks Masculinity, Marketing, and the Secret Origin of ‘Dude Food’

In her new book, Diners, Dudes and Diets: How Gender and Power Collide in Food Media and Culture, MLA in Gastronomy alum Emily Contois (MET’13) explores the concept of “dude food”—a powerful cultural construct developed in recent decades by marketers aiming to encourage male-identifying audiences to spend more on food. “I was interested in how […]

Chef Pépin Shares His Favorite Poem in BU Today

In a BU Today video, renowned chef and television personality Jacques Pépin (Hon.’11) recites his favorite poem, Rimbaud’s “Le Dormeur du Val” (“The Sleeper of the Valley”). The reading is part of the Favorite Poem Project, which was launched in 1997 by former poet laureate Robert Pinsky, a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor and a […]

Long, Hard Times Ahead for Restaurants, Says Gastronomy, Culinary Arts & Wine Studies Alum

Fernanda Tapia (MET’09), a Gastronomy alum who also holds certificates from the Culinary Arts and Wine Studies programs, is former co-owner and executive chef at Comedor, a Chilean-American bistro in the heart of Newton, MA. As an experienced industry hand and executive, she knows well the challenges restaurants are facing during the ongoing pandemic, and […]