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Manchester University Executive Chef Chris Fogerty has been named 2014 National Chef of the Year, chosen from among chefs who serve colleges and universities across the nation.
Up against 65 culinarians in the central region alone, Fogerty came out on top in the national competition over other Chartwells chefs from schools such as Texas A&M University, the University of Utah and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Chartwells specializes in food service and nutrition in academic settings.
Manchester will celebrate the award at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Haist Commons in the Jo Young Switzer Center on the North Manchester campus.
Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend, and light refreshments will be served after a short presentation, said Nancy Gjertson, director of Dining Services. Workers who retired during Fogerty’s tenure are also being invited.
The Manchester chef received star treatment at the recent Chartwells’ awards ceremony at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Fla.
“They had paparazzi, a red carpet, the whole bit,” said Fogerty. “It was completely surreal.” He said this award would not have been possible without his staff and students, the entire University community and his family.
“All the way up the ladder, the support has been amazing,” he said.
Renowned at Manchester for memorable meals, Fogerty’s nomination was also based on community service and volunteer efforts. Those include preparing food for the North Manchester Community Dinner two times a year, participating in the annual Bowl over Hunger fund-raising event and helping out with others at the Access Youth Center in Wabash every other weekend.
Working with students and staff is the most gratifying part of his job. “It keeps me young,” he said. He delights in urging them to try something outside their comfort zone.
Chartwells, which provides the MU dining service, prepared more than 202,000 meals for Manchester students and guests in 2013 alone at the North Manchester campus.
Fogerty has been with the University since 2005. He and his family live in North Manchester.
October 27, 2014