We are delighted to announce that Courtney Slipko has been named pastry chef at Azurea restaurant and One Ocean Resort & Spa. In her new position, Slipko oversees the team of chefs delivering innovative desserts for all One Ocean events, meeting and weddings while incorporating local ingredients and complementing them with modern techniques.
Slipko is a graduate of the prestigious Johnson & Wales University, where she earned a degree in Applied Science, Baking and Pastry. Her avid enthusiasm for supporting local charities has inspired her to participate in such events as The Jay Fund, Taste of Jacksonville, Caring Chefs and Taste of Golf. “I believe in contributing to local charities because they help enhance the future of Northeast Florida,” says Slipko.
Chef Slipko has fostered her passion for pastry at resorts such as Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra, Fla., Grand Del Mar in San Diego, Calif. and Alpenglow Restaurant in Denali, Alas. as well as the Three Sisters Chocolate and Bakery in Jacksonville, where she perfected the art of consulting and designing custom wedding cakes.
“Chef Slipko’s dedication and meticulous attention to detail are a true asset to the team at Azurea,” says Executive Chef Ted Peters. “Her creativity sets her apart as she puts her indelible mark on the desserts at Azurea, ensuring that every guest’s dining experience is memorable.”
Stop by Azurea restaurant sometime soon and say hi to Chef Slipko! While you’re here, be sure to taste one of her delicious desserts – we guarantee you’ll be back for more!
Each year we are honored to pair with the prestigious James Beard Foundation to offer one culinary or hospitality student the opportunity to further his/her education with The Azurea Culinary Scholarship. The winner of this award will be granted $4,000 in scholarship funding along with the opportunity to cook alongside Florida’s First Coast’s top culinary masters at this year’s Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner, taking place on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 at Azurea restaurant. The winner will be chosen based on grade point average, extracurricular activities, financial need, letters of recommendation and a strong passion for culinary arts.
The James Beard Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1996 in honor of the culinary genius James Beard. The foundation continues to be the leader in the education in culinary arts, with its goal of celebrating and preserving the legacy of American cooking through industry awards, scholarships, publications and training.
Last year, The Azurea Culinary Scholarship was awarded to Florida College at Jacksonville student Natanja De Beer. Showing exceptional skill and passion for cooking, Natanja’s dedication to her craft was what made her stand out as the winner of this honorable award. With a major in culinary arts, Natanja balanced being a full time student with her job as a line cook in restaurants that ranged from 40-50 hours per week. As the recipient of The Azurea Culinary Scholarship, she was awarded $3,750 in scholarship funds and also cooked alongside top chefs at The Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner.
The application process for The Azurea Culinary Scholarship is open from now until May 15, 2013. For information on how to apply, visit http://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/jamesbeard/
Where will you be dining this Easter Sunday? The award-winning culinary team at Azurea, the area’s go-to restaurant for celebrations and special occasions, has put together a delicious brunch and dinner menu available exclusively on Sunday, March 31, 2013.
Fuel up before those Easter egg hunts with brunch items like thick sliced brioche french toast and a Benedict Bar with gently poached eggs, griddled English muffin and cast iron seared home fries and Hollandaise sauce featuring options such as grilled Canadian bacon, grilled natural petit filet and Lake George jumbo lump crab.
Recuperate after a day of chasing after the Easter Bunny with dinner menu options such as Sous Vide and Smoke Salmon and Colorado Lamb Loin. Of course, no dinner at Azurea would be complete without a sweet ending – desserts such as Lemoncello Semifredo and Chocolate Coffee Toffee Fudge Cake will be available.
Brunch will be offered from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and dinner from 2 – 8 p.m, with starters priced between $8-$15 and entrées from $23-$30. While an a la carte seasonal menu will also be available, parties are encouraged to order off of the Easter menus to share in the full Azurea dining experience. Kids menus are available at the door. Reservations may be made at www.opentable.com/azurea-at-one-ocean or by calling Azurea at 904.249.7402.