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Cuisinart® Awards Scholarships to Culinary Arts Students at Johnson & Wales University

STAMFORD, CT - March 2003 Cuisinart, a staunch supporter of culinary education programs, will award $60,000 in scholarships over the next three years to students at Johnson & Wales University's College of Culinary Arts.

The company is presenting four $5,000 scholarships to Johnson & Wales students during a special ceremony today. The recipients are Michelle Arrambide, El Paso, Texas; Jeffrey Callahan, Fitchburg, Massachusetts; Jason Perez, hometown tk; and Tavis Schafer, Alpharetta, Georgia. Cuisinart will also award eight additional $5,000 scholarships over the next two years.

In conjunction with the scholarship program, Cuisinart is also working closely with Johnson & Wales as a sponsor of the public television series, Master Class at Johnson & Wales. The series is currently airing on PBS stations nationwide.

Dr. John Bowen, executive vice president of the University and president of the Providence Campus, says, .Johnson & Wales University takes great pride in its longstanding relationship with Cuisinart. The company's commitment to our focus on preparing career-ready students is evident on many levels . through the contribution of its superior products, scholarship support of our students, as well as Cuisinart's underwriting of Master Class at Johnson & Wales..

Mary Rodgers, Director of Marketing Communications for Cuisinart and Waring, adds: .We have a solid history of supporting culinary education and are pleased to partner with one of the leading institutions in the field. At Cuisinart, we believe education provides the foundation necessary to cultivate the talent of our next generation of chefs..

Master Class at Johnson & Wales is produced by Marjorie Poore Productions, the leading producer of cooking programs for public television. Poore has launched many PBS celebrity chefs, such as Jacques Pépin and Martin Yan, and has an extensive list of cooking show credits spanning nearly 20 years.

The Master Class series gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the chefs, kitchens and training techniques of Johnson & Wales' College of Culinary Arts. More than a dozen of the University's chef-instructors are featured in interactive classroom sessions with their top students, offering a variety of techniques and tips that at-home cooks can use to prepare simple, tasty meals from many different international cuisines. In addition to faculty, the program features twelve distinguished guest chefs, such as Daniel Orr and Madeleine Kamman, in a master class setting. A cookbook based on the series will also be available.

About Cuisinart
Cuisinart, universally known for introducing the food processor in America, is a leader in culinary appliances, professional quality cookware and kitchen accessories. The company manufactures a full range of products under the tagline, .Savor the Good Life®.. These products include cookware, cutlery, hand blenders, hand mixers, coffeemakers, toasters and toaster ovens, as well as food processors, electric teakettles, kitchen textiles, scales and prep boards.

About Johnson & Wales
Johnson & Wales -- America's Career University® -- was founded in 1914, and is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business, food service, hospitality and technology. With an enrollment of more than 15,000 students, Johnson & Wales is based in Providence, R.I., and maintains campuses in Charleston, S.C., Norfolk, Va., North Miami, Fla., Denver, Colo., and Gothenburg, Sweden, with plans to open a new campus in Charlotte, N.C. in 2004. For more information, visit or contact Judi Johnson, vice president of university relations at (401) 598-4703,; or Miriam Weinstein, director of public relations at (401) 598-1157,