Professor Kylie Garcelon’s film Pwofesè nan Kulinèr (The Culinary Professor) will be screened at the 2nd Annual NYC Short Documentary Film Festival (NYCSDFF) on May 1, 3 p.m., at 358 West 44th Street, (44th Street and 9th Ave) in Midtown Manhattan.
Garcelon, a professor in the Department of Hospitality Management, created Pwofesè nan Kulinèr to highlight the work of her colleague Jean Claude, a chef and professor who throws himself into the challenge of establishing a hospitality management program in northern Haiti where education, tourism and hospitality are still recovering from the 2010 earthquake.
Professor Jean Claude has won numerous culinary awards and has worked at some of the most well-known restaurants and hotels in the New York City area. His current research, however, has taken him back to Haiti, his birthplace, where he is leading a CUNY-wide initiative to develop a two-year associate degree program in hospitality and tourism education at the Public University in the North at Cap-Haitian (UPNCH).
“For the tourism sector in Haiti, educated and trained workers are rare, so the service sector is relatively mediocre and expensive. The applied and comprehensive curriculum of the hospitality management program at UPNCH is designed specifically to fill this void with qualified people and to assist in the tourism development of the country,” said Claude.
A year after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Claude led a successful UPNCH summer certificate program, through which ninety percent of the 300 graduates quickly found employment in the hospitality or tourism industry. The UPNCH associate program opened in 2012, and the first class of 44 students graduated in March 2015. Three additional cohorts are on track to complete their studies. Claude continues to teach in the program, recently taking two City Tech Hospitality Management student interns to provide classroom assistance.
Garcelon plans to continue following Claude’s work in Haiti and will eventually direct a feature length documentary film on the topic.
For more information about the NYC Short Documentary Film Festival or to purchase tickets, go to: https://cierimedia.com/live-shows/954