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Jeffrey S. Igel 

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Chef Jeff is the chair of the Culinary Arts & Hospitality Department at
Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin where he is responsible for all of the Culinary Arts, Accelerated Culinary Arts, Hotel & Restaurant Management, Restaurant Cook Apprenticeship and Food Service Production programs, in addition to certificates in Advanced Baking, Advanced Culinary Arts, and Food Service Sales Professional.  He has taught and developed curriculum for classes including Food, Beverage & Labor Cost Controls; Professionalism, Ethics & Etiquette;  Meat Identification; Sanitation for Food Service Operations and coordinates all of the Student Internship activities.  “Chef Jeff” has spent his entire career in the restaurant and hospitality industry, serving in many capacities including:  Senior Director of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation, Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin - Stout, Instructor at Madison Area Technical College, Catering Director for the University of Wisconsin, and a Professional Chef for 30 years.

Jeff holds three degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Stout, including a Master of Science in Vocational Education with emphasis in Hospitality Administration and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Hotel & Restaurant Management and Vocational, Technical and Adult Education.  He holds an Associates Degree in Restaurant & Hotel Cookery from Moraine Park Technical College and a Technical Diploma in Dietary Management from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.  He has been certified by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) as a Certified Executive Chef (CEC), a Certified Culinary Educator (CCE), a Certified Culinary Administrator (CCA) and an Approved Culinary Evaluator (ACE).  He also holds certifications from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation as a Foodservice Management Professional (FMP), from the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) as a Certified Food Executive (CFE), from the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) as a Certified Barbecue Judge (CBJ), and from the Dietary Managers Association as a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) and a Certified Food Protection Professional (CFPP).

In 2012, Chef Jeff was recognized as a "Terrific Teacher" by a local television station.  In both 2008 and 2011, Chef Jeff was named the Outstanding Academic Advisor of the Year at Fox Valley Technical College.  In 2006, he was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), the honor society of the American Culinary Federation (ACF).  In 2005, he was presented with the prestigious Salute to Excellence Award by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association’s Education Foundation and was also selected as the American Culinary Federation – Fox Valley Culinary Association (FVCA) Chef of the Year.  In 2003, he was named the Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year (OROY) by the Big Four Chapter of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA), received the Vocational Administrator Award from the Fox Valley Association for Career and Technical Education, a Courtesy Award from the Rotary Club of Appleton and was recognized by a local television station as a “Hometown Hero.”  In 1999, he was named the Outstanding Industry Partner by the Wisconsin Pork Producers.  In 1997, he was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by Moraine Park Technical College and was also given an Honorary Award by the Wisconsin Family & Consumer Educators.

He is a past president and currently serves as the treasurer on the board of directors of the American Culinary Federation – Fox Valley Culinary Association (chefs) and is a past president and current board member of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association – Big Four Chapter (restaurateurs) and serves on the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation Board of Directors.

He is married to his lovely wife of 24 years Paula Kay and is the proud father of their two grown children, daughter, Cassie and son, Jake.


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