Advanced Noncredit Cooking and Baking Instructors
Kevin Appleton graduated college with a teaching degree and pursued his passion for cooking at the Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago and coursework at the French Pastry School. Kevin has worked in fine dining restaurants in Chicago and Melbourne, Australia. He was the Executive Chef for the Institute of Culinary Arts at Robert Morris College in Chicago and was the Chef for Vom Fass Madison for 5 years. He has won several cooking awards and has appeared on live TV demos, local news publications and on NPR. Kevin joined the Madison College Culinary Arts faculty in 2009 and shares his expertise and love of good food and drinks a wider audience through these courses.
Nishitha has spent his career developing his skills creating fruit and vegetable carving displays for weddings, events, classes and seminars. Born in Sri Lanka, Nishitha has international experience in the culinary industry. He trained at The Hotel School in the capital city of Colombo. For several years he worked at the well-known Cricket Club Cafe. Eventually, he was recruited to manage a Sri Lankan restaurant in Nassau, Bahamas. He continued his education in Nassau at the College of the Bahamas and worked at the fine dining establishment Chez Willie. Nishitha moved to Madison in 2005, where he attended MATC. Since then, he’s been continually involved in the Culinary Arts program as a teaching assistant for Garde Manger. Other Wisconsin technical colleges have sought him out as a guest presenter of his knife and carving skills. Nishitha is an active member of the ACF MadCity Chapter and has used his talents in volunteering around this area of the state. He has won gold and silver ACF medals in various competitions. He also teaches ice carving and judges at several annual events, including WRA Midwest Food Expo. When not working as a Chef for the UW Housing department, Nishitha enjoys teaching and sharing his carving techniques with others to create beautiful displays.