2014 Chef Of The Year
Joel O’Donnell CEC
Chef Joel O’Donnell started in the restaurant business in high school and worked for many years in both public and private food service venues. He began the apprenticeship program in 2002 at Columbus State Community College where he apprenticed under Chef Erika Decker at the Rocky Fork Hunt & Country Club. After Graduating in 2005, he remained on staff at Rocky Fork and became Executive Sous Chef in 2004.
In addition to his position at Rocky Fork, Chef O’Donnell has also served as chair of the competition committee for ACF Columbus Chapter for the last two years, Chef O’Donnell was an advisor to the 2009 Columbus State Junior Hot Food Team and served as a coach for the 2011 team. He has served as chair of the chapter’s election committee and has worked as a certification mentor with students and professionals in the chapter.
Chef O’Donnell currently holds the designation of CEC and is also an Approved Certification Evaluator. He has plans of obtaining a CEPC in 2015.
2014 Partner 2014 Presidents Award
Cappi Hilyard – Dexter Russell Chef Ryan Summers CEC – Worthington Hills
2014 Roar Awards 2014 Students of the Year
Chef Drew Patterson CEC, CCA Columbus Culinary
Chef Matthew Smith Rachel Davisson & Crescent Medley IV
Dan Reese Columbus State
Chef Kate McGushin Steven Boresz & Trina Peck
Chef James Decker CEC Hocking College
Samuel Gerber & Kortney Haines
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