Crafton Hills College (CHC) 42nd Commencement is Friday, May 23 at 6 p.m. in the Campus Quad. The Commencement Speaker this year is Chef Ryan, owner of à la minute in Redlands.
Lee Ryan Matthew Berk graduated from Gove High School in 2003 and later attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Hollywood. He worked his way up to become a Chef at Casino Morongo where he learned how to run a business and manage a large staff.
Ryan’s passion of food and culture led him to open à la minute, a liquid nitrogen ice cream shop, in 2012. à la minute focuses on using local ingredients and knowing how and where these ingredients are grown and produced. The love and support of his local community has enabled him to expand; a second à la minute will open next month in Orange, California.
Ryan’s interest in knowing where his food comes from led him to open Parliament Chocolate, a bean to bar chocolate factory. Ryan visits Central America almost quarterly to meet farmers and learn of their cacao growing practices.
Crafton Hills will be awarding 393 associate’s degrees and 348 certificates. There are 15 students with a 4.0 grade point average.
The Student Commencement Speaker will be Patrick Kirk Dorsey, outgoing Student Senate President.