Manchester chef receives prestigious honor

Manchester’s Chef Chris Fogerty has been recognized by Chartwells, the University dining service, as the 2014 Executive Chef of the Year for the Central Region.

The award is part of Chartwells’ “Be-A-Star” recognition program that annually honors the organization’s top employees and includes chefs from an area that stretches west from North Dakota to Missouri in the south.

Fogerty was excited and humbled by the honor. “It really brightened my day,” he said with a smile.

His nomination was based on community service and volunteer efforts, as well as exemplary customer service, culinary leadership and creativity. The regional honor qualifies Fogerty for the National Chef of the Year for Chartwells.

Renowned at Manchester not only for tasty recipes, Fogerty is also well-known for frequently preparing meals and leading educational programs at North Manchester Community Dinners held at Zion Lutheran Church. He directs Late Night Breakfast during finals week and assists with other culinary events on campus, including International Fair and the “Finely Chopped” competition held every Manchester Homecoming. He led two youth cooking camps at the North Manchester campus during summer 2014.

He's had six of his recipes selected for The New Inglenook Cookbook, published summer 2013 by the Brethren Press.

Chartwells prepares more than 315,000 meals annually for students and guests on MU’s North Manchester campus. Learn more about the dining service at

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