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British author and chef becomes OMore Artist-In-Residence


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O'More College President and Sister Cities board member Dr. Mark Hilliard and author David Woodbine, High Steward of Oxford University

O’More College of Design has named the High Steward of Oxford University, British author David Woodfine, as the College’s artist-in-residence for the fall semester.

Woodfine is the current Master of the Oxford (England) City Guild of Chefs. He has served British royalty including Prince Charles, Princess Diana and their children during the course of a distinguished career as a butler for facilities like Blenheim Palace, where Winston Churchill was born. He is also the author of “From Kitchen to High Table, The British-American Edition” released this past spring by O’More Publishing.

“David has had a storied career full of incredible experiences. We’re honored to have his expertise on campus,” said O’More President Mark Hilliard. “We believe his background is a distinct complement to the type of hands-on learning and cultural exposure that our curriculum emphasizes.”

O’More Publishing, in agreement with Oxford University-Harris Manchester College, redesigned the original edition of Woodfine’s “From Kitchen to High Table” to include new chapters on English cocktails and dining etiquette. The 2012 second-edition printing also carries updated illustrations, photographs and American conversions for the various recipe components.

Hilliard first met the author and chef in 2006, when the O’More president spent a summer conducting research at Oxford. The pair formed a relationship there that led to an O’More program partnership with the Summer Research Institute at Harris Manchester College.

During his time at O’More, Woodfine will train students and faculty members on proper social etiquette and presentation. He said he will draw on his past experience in offering O’More students his perspective, shaped by his own personal and professional experiences.

“O’More places a strong emphasis on preparing its students for life after graduation,” Woodfine said. “I hope to enhance this by helping them hone their professional decorum to make them uniquely qualified for the job market.”

In addition to his career as a chef and highbrow butler, the Great Britain native also has an extensive background in education. He spent an early portion of his career as an instructor for both the Business and Technology Education Council (B.T.E.C.) of Oxford University’s City and Guilds and the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. As the High Steward of the University, Woodfine’s served Harris Manchester College for more than 12 years as a counselor and mentor to students.

On Sunday, Sept. 23, Woodfine will be the featured speaker in a special edition of the Passport to the World, a lecture series presented by Sister Cities of Franklin and Williamson County. Woodfine will speak on his career and associated experiences, as well as formal dining etiquette, the art of being a butler, English culinary standards and more.  He will also share fascinating stories from his real-life experiences of the upstairs/downstairs way of life. The program will begin at 2 p.m. on the O’More campus.

In addition, the author and the College will host an afternoon tea on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Posted on: 9/17/2012

 
 

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