The art and craft of edible plant sculpture is nothing new in the east and has long been a hallmark of elegance in Asian cuisine. Western history has its own love story with food carving, although for a slightly spookier reason. Irish legend about a trickster called Stingy Jack says he swindled the devil and is doomed to roam the earth for eternity. His wandering spirit uses a hollowed out turnip as a lantern. When Irish Americans imported this tradition, they found North American pumpkins to be even more suited to the task.
Grab your cocktail, your kids and some candy and join us as we welcome Stephan C. Baity, Master Chef and Master Carver. Stephen Baity has appeared on Food Network’s Halloween Wars and has competed in the American Culinary Federation’s Olympic-style carving competitions. Stephan C. Baity is a father of four and a proud native of Canton, Ohio. After graduating culinary school in 1999, he spent time at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI studying under internationally known chefs. He also has ties to the Upstate, Stephen is connected with Wofford College through his work as Director of Culinary and Board Operations. While he is best known for his creativity and flair for dramatic plating, in recent years he has burst onto the fruit and vegetable sculpting scene.