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Lester B. Pearson school board and Joe Beef

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When celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain visited Montreal for his television show, The Layover, it was the Joe Beef Restaurant he profiled

New York Chef David Chang, founder of the Momofuku restaurnat empire in Manhattan and listed on the 2010 list of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People, says Joe Beef is his favourite Restaurant

Joe Beef was voted as Canada’s best restaurant in the 2013 Vacay.ca Top 50 Restaurant Guide.

It’s no wonder then that students and staff at the Pearson Adult and Career Centre, which houses the Pearson School of Culinary Arts, were thrilled when they learned of a one-year intern partnership with the famous Joe Beef restaurant.

“We’re very happy about this partnership with Joe Beef,” , Veronique Marin, Director of Adult Education and Vocational Training at the Lester B. Pearson School Board, said of the latest program which will begin in the fall of this year. “Part of what we do is create links with industry partners in all of our programs, including accounting, interior decorating and commercial drafting, to name a few.

“These industry links ensure that our programs are relevant and up-to-date.”

Under the partnership, Joe Beef – which was named after Charles “Joe Beef” McKiernan, a 19th century Montreal innkeeper and working-class hero – will provide onsite training to LBPSB students enrolled in the Lester B. Pearson School Board’s server/sommelier program. The partnership is designed to give interns a chance to put to use what they are learning and to understand the reality of the industry.

The students will intern at the Joe Beef restaurant as well as the Little Burgundy neighbourhood restaurants, Liverpool House and the McKiernan Luncheonette. PAAC and the Lester B. Pearson School Board will provide the classroom space as well as the pedagogical theory portion of the program and interview candidates for the Joe Beef stagiere program.

David McMillan and co-owner Frederic Morin published a best-selling cookbook in 2012 called The Art of Living According to JoeBeef: a Cookbook of Sorts. The book was shortlisted for a James Beard prize and won the renowned Piglet Award. Food and wine afficionados interested in registering for the program should call Pierre Auclair, pegadogical consultant at the Pearson Adult and Career Centre, at pauclair@lbpsb.qc.ca

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