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Ethan Moulds named Head Culinary Instructor of Redler Institute of Culinary Arts

Ethan Moulds
Ethan Moulds has been named Head Culinary Instructor of the Redler Institute of Culinary Arts. (Rodney Dimick)
Published: Friday, July 5th, 2024

Graduate of Le Cordon Bleu school to lead Butler's culinary classrooms

Butler Community College is pleased to announce Ethan Moulds has been named Head Culinary Instructor for the Redler Institute of Culinary Arts. His first day was July 1, and he will begin teaching classes at the start of the 2024-2025 school year.

At the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in St. Louis, MO, Moulds was immersed in the world of global cuisine while learning both culinary and patisserie (pastry) cooking techniques as well as volume food preparation and the principles of safe food handling. He graduated as valedictorian of his class while earning High Honors as a member of the Le Cordon Bleu President’s List.

Professionally, Moulds has worked as a pastry chef, a culinary specialist and instructor for Williams Sonoma, and most recently as a private chef for a Wichita medical office.

“I am excited to teach the classic techniques and foundational principles of the culinary arts to the students of the Redler Institute,” said Moulds. “I am passionate about the culinary arts, and thrilled to have the opportunity to watch the skill sets of our students develop.”

Les Padzensky, the recently appointed Director of the Redler Institute of Culinary Arts and industry veteran with decades of experience in the local culinary and hospitality industry, is excited about the new partnership with Moulds. “I am looking forward to supporting and coaching Ethan and blending the talents each of us possess.” said Padzensky. “[I believe] our students will be wowed by their learning experience.”

When asked what it will be like to teach in the state-of-the-art Redler Institute of Culinary Arts building, opened in 2022, Moulds said he considers it an honor. “The kitchens are outfitted with fantastic, modern equipment, [and] are a great place for instructor demonstrations and for students to gain experience and learn in. It is an awesome facility.”

Dr. Peter Linden, Dean of Butler’s Career and Technical Education division and himself a former hospitality administrator in higher education, sees great things ahead for the program and the industry as a whole. “With the skills and passion Ethan has for the Culinary Arts, our program and its students will benefit greatly,” said Linden. “Culinary arts offers diverse employment and entrepreneurial opportunities benefiting both the community and economy. It's an exciting time to pursue a career in this vibrant industry.”

Moulds holds a Certified Professional Food Manager credential from the National Environment Health Association.