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Chainsaw Art at the Thompson School

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Culinary Chainsaws!

Students in the culinary arts and nutrition program at the Thompson School of Applied Science recently put down the knives and forks and picked up the chainsaws for a class on ice sculpting taught by professor Charlie Caramihalis with the help of Wes Moore, a professional ice carver and graduate of the culinary arts program.

The segment was part of the buffet and banquet course Caramihalis teaches. The hands-on training is one more component that prepares students for a career in the field of culinary arts. Ice sculptures are often used for centerpieces and at large events.

“The art of classic ice carving as we teach it at TSAS is a form of artistic expression used by culinarians to enhance the appearance of gatherings such as weddings, receptions, and parties,” Caramihalis says.

Thompson School students recently created the centerpieces for the faculty holiday party, making a ginger bread man and a snowman, each from a 300-pound block of ice.

Culinary Chainsaws!

Check out the pictures on the Thompson School Facebook page.