Nicholls students return to Augusta for the Masters

THIBODAUX, La. — Chef John Folse Culinary Institute students will serve meals for the likes of Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson next week during the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

This will be the fifth year Nicholls students have worked during the prestigious international sporting event. Tournament organizers originally reached out to the Culinary Institute in 2014.

The tournament will be held from Thursday, April 5 through Sunday, April 8. The 67 students are expected to return home on Monday, April 9.

Chef Jean-Pierre Daigle, culinary instructor, said the tournament provides students with a unique and memorable work experience. The week-long tournament requires students to work long shifts, preparing up to 1,500 meals a day at various tournament venues.

“Going to the Masters benefits our students in several ways, first by reinforcing what Nicholls instructors have taught them, including organizational and mass production skills,” Daigle said. “The biggest plus for Nicholls students is the networking opportunity, as our students get the chance to work with chefs who often hire our students upon graduation.”

During the week of the tournament, students will hold a wide range of jobs — acting as 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.


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