Eastside Higher Faculty culinary arts director named finalist for national award

Press release from Alachua County Public Faculties

Right after guiding her pupils to a lot of awards and honors, Chef Pam Bedford has gained some national recognition herself.

Bedford, director of the Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA) at Eastside Superior School, has been named just one of just four finalists for the 2021 Chef Educator of the 12 months Award, sponsored by the American Culinary Federation. In accordance to the Federation’s web site, the award ‘pays tribute to an energetic culinary educator whose information, techniques, and experience have enhanced the picture of the specialist chef and who, by case in point, has offered management, advice, and direction to learners trying to find a occupation in the culinary occupation.’

“These leaders have carried out procedures to make certain that their college students get the awareness and capabilities they have to have for the workforce,” said Casey Shiller, who was himself the National Chef Educator of the 12 months in 2012 and is now a choose for the software. “They also have proven how being nimble is essential to our occupation.”

Chef Bedford definitely suits the award qualifications. In her 14 decades with the program at EHS, which include four decades as director, Bedford has assisted hundreds of pupils win awards, find work, and gain vocation certification. She’s also helped them earn scholarships and admission to top rated culinary arts schools. Many of her previous students are now performing in prestigious cafe and hospitality configurations nationwide.

One particular pupil who has benefited from Bedford’s leadership is senior Cirius Brown. Just a couple of months ago, Brown received a medal at the Florida Techniques Usa Competitiveness. She was also a member of the ICA team that was a finalist in final year’s NASA Astronaut Culinary Obstacle. She’s at present working at the Primary American Kitchen in downtown Gainesville, a occupation Bedford organized for her. 

This slide, Brown is headed to Johnson and Wales College, which offers a person of the premier culinary arts systems in the world. 

“I love her so a lot, she’s my most loved instructor and she’s like a 2nd mother,” mentioned Brown of Chef Bedford. “Everything she’s taught me has built me a much better man or woman.”

“She’s an remarkable trainer,” stated freshman Corbin Collins. “She aids us get to our complete prospective.”

“I just do what the kids need to have,” mentioned Bedford. “Their good results is my achievements. You just can not transform down their enthusiasm.” 

At the Federation’s countrywide conference in Orlando in August, Bedford and her fellow finalists will be providing chefs and educators during the country a glimpse into their function by educating and demonstrating the planning of a entirely-composed entrée or plated dessert.

“We’re all likely to be rooting for her,” said Brown. “We couldn’t be far more proud.”


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