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Chef Derek Spendlove

National Center for Hospitality Studies

Chef Derek Spendlove, as a professional chef, food writer, educator and mentor, has shared his expertise for over 30 years. He was born in Ireland and currently serves as director of the Baking and Pastry Arts Program at Sullivan University. Additionally, he is team manager of Sullivan University’s award-winning student competition team and has been certified by the American Culinary Federation as a national culinary judge. He has been an avid competitor in culinary competitions, successfully competing in numerous events held in Holland, the United Kingdom, Germany and Ireland.

  • 2002 Educator of the Year Award
  • Gold medal in Culinary Olympics
  • 2003 National Chef Professionalism Award
  • Member of the Academy of Chefs
  • Member of the Honorable Order of the Golden Toque (HOGT)
  • ACF Certified Executive Pastry Chef  (CEPC)
  • Certified Culinary Educator (CCE)
  • ACE
  • AAC

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