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September 2019

ASU-Newport's Director of Hospitality Services awarded Chef Educator of the Year

Arkansas State University-Newport's Director of Hospitality Services, Chef Kevin Gee, received a statewide honor from the American Culinary Federation Central Arkansas Association. Chef Gee was awarded Chef Educator of the Year on Monday, September 9, 2019, at the annual Chef Ball held at University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock. 

Presentation of the award to Chef Kevin Gee at the Chef Ball
Presentation of the award to Chef Kevin Gee at the Chef Ball.

The American Culinary Federation consists of more than 150 chapters and is the largest professional chefs' organization in North America. The Chef Educator of the Year award is presented to culinary educators who not only possess the skills and expertise of a professional chef but who also have a passion for educating culinary students and guiding them into their career paths. 

Chef Kevin Gee presented a speech at the Chef Ball
Chef Kevin Gee presented a speech at the Chef Ball.

Certified Master Chef Kevin Gee encompasses all of these characteristics and works to lead ASU-Newport's Hospitality Services program to new heights. Chef Gee has helped students achieve top honors at state and national Skills USA competitions. He also organized the inaugural Junior Culinary Camp this summer where more than two-dozen children learned the basics of cooking and how a professional kitchen works. He also hosts a number of Culinary Experience classes throughout the semester that are available to community members. 

Chef Kevin Gee working with students at this summer's Junior Culinary Camp
Chef Kevin Gee working with students at this summer's Junior Culinary Camp.

 
"ASU-Newport is very fortunate to have the talented Executive Chef Gee working with our students in the Hospitality Services Program," said Rob Burgess, Dean for Applied Science. "The skills Chef Gee possesses and conveys to our students in the kitchen are second to none. Additionally, Chef Gee is always eager to assist with community projects and internal catering events. Chef Gee is an asset to ASU-Newport and our students as highlighted by receiving this amazing award!" 
 
Chef Gee joined ASU-Newport in his director role in 2016. For more information on ASU-Newport's Hospitality Services program click here