Instructors of cooking classes at two U.S. schools were recently named educator of the year by the Foodservice Educators Network International; one high school educator of the year and one post-secondary education of the year.
Both instructors are featured on the FENI’s 2012 Educator of the Year webpage and are well-known in their local circles for being outstanding in their profession.
FENI named Chef Instructor Mary Sage as the high school culinary art educator of the year. Sage is currently a chef and teacher in the high school vocational program for the McHenry County Public School System and was nominated and awarded the title of top educator for work at Marengo Community High School in Chicago.
The title of post-secondary top educator went to Wendy Jordon of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Las Vegas. Jordan moved to Las Vegas to work at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand and soon opened a new restaurant with Michael Jordan (not of basketball fame) called “Rosemary’s Restaurant”. The restaurant is now closed, but Jordan still teaches cooking classes at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school.
The Foodservice Educators Network International is an organization that focuses on helping educators at cooking schools and other industry related school network with other like-minded professionals. According to the organization’s website, “FENI brings together the culinary industry’s most innovative chefs, award winning culinary educators, and dynamic personalities to enhance the teaching skills, motivate, and develop communication among those attending the annual Summit.”
FENI Summit is provides networking opportunities to cooking educators, as well as workshop activities, new teaching methods, and discusses the latest in education technology such as online courseware. The next meeting will be the 15th Annual FENI Educator’s Summit held in February 2013, where the winners of the next cooking school educator titles will be announced.