KC Culinary Students Tour Memphis Area, Get Big Surprise

The Kaskaskia College Culinary Arts students, under the direction of Chef Robert Rhymes, took a tour of the Memphis, Tennessee area this month and were treated to a big surprise when they met renowned actor Morgan Freeman.


Students toured the manufacturing facility of Sweet Magnolia Ice Cream in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and had an in depth discussion with the owner and executive chef, Hugh Balthrop, concerning the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship.  They also visited the famed Viking Cooking School in Greenwood, Mississippi, where they prepared a four course meal which included crab cakes, roasted radishes, grilled loin of veal with wild mushroom sauce, chocolate cherry ice cream sandwiches with vanilla ice cream and a plethora of other sweet and savory treats. 


No trip to the Memphis area is complete without paying homage to rock and roll, blues and civil rights history, so visits to the National Civil Rights Museum, the Delta Blues Museum and Graceland were a must.  Students had an opportunity to enjoy some of Memphis' finest cuisine dining at restaurants ranging from P.F. Chang China Bistro to Gus's Famous Fried Chicken to Texas de Brazil Brazilian Steak house. 


The last night in Memphis was spent leisurely strolling down Beale Street where students enjoyed music offered up by talented street performers.  The night ended with a moonlight dinner cruise along the Mighty Mississippi aboard the legendary Memphis Queen Paddlewheel Steamboat where students enjoyed a succulent Memphis-style barbeque buffet.


But that wasn’t all.  “I gave the gang the surprise of a lifetime by arranging for them to meet one of Hollywood's elite,” Chef Rhymes said.  “After calling in a few favors, I was able to get the one and only Morgan Freeman to chat with the group and pose for a few photos.  This was indeed the highlight of the trip.”


For more information on the KC Culinary Arts program, please contact Chef Robert Rhymes at 545-3311 or by email at​

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