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2014 Chef Of The Year

odonnellJoel 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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