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Aramark Chefs Earn Prestigious ProChef Certification from the Culinary Institute of America

More than a dozen chefs prove their talent and abilities by completing ProChef certification

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), a global leader in food, facilities management and uniforms, is pleased to announce the graduation of 18 chefs from the distinguished ProChef® Certification program at The Culinary Institute of AmericaThese Aramark chefs create the menus for and serve colleges, universities and preparatory schools across the United States and Canada, and join the 250 Aramark chefs who have already received their ProChef certification.

“These chefs are dedicated to honing their craft. The CIA’s ProChef Certification gives them a way to benchmark their accomplishments,” says Certified Master Chef Brad Barnes, director of CIA Consulting and Industry Programs. “We applaud Aramark for continuing its commitment to chefs, food, and our profession.”

The CIA ProChef Certification is a three-tiered, comprehensive professional development and culinary proficiency program which measures core culinary, managerial and financial acumen, including a chef's skill in flavor development, proper cooking methods, dish profile authenticity, plating, use of ingredients and sanitation. 

“We are proud to collaborate with The Culinary Institute of America, and we applaud our chefs on this prominent achievement,” said Annette Gray, Lead Chef, Culinary & Innovation Aramark. “These chefs will use what they’ve learned to improve culinary operations and provide training to their staff, so they can deliver on Aramark’s mission of enriching and nourishing the lives of our students, customers, clients and consumers.”

The ProChef Certification program was created by the CIA to provide hands-on skill validation, recognize professional achievement and give knowledge and credentials to advance chefs’ careers. Certification from the CIA provides the ultimate stamp of approval in the culinary world.

The following Aramark chefs received their ProChef I, ProChef II or ProChef III Certification over the past year:

ProChef Level I:

  • Danielle Morgan, Fenway Park
  • Matthew Lawson, Whataburger Field

ProChef Level II:

  • Brian Fox, The Citadel
  • David Mason, University of Virginia
  • David Miller, Central Michigan University
  • Jonathan Hunt, University of Cincinnati
  • Jonathan White, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Kelly Marshall, University of Southern Florida
  • Martin Burton, University of Kentucky
  • Matt Fuss, Aramark Innovation Center
  • Ronald Stuhm, New York University
  • Rudy Garza, Baylor University

ProChef Level III:

  • Adam Pagan, Wheaton College
  • Greg Huerkamp, Mississippi State University
  • Jon Michael Rehm, UNC Wilmington
  • Kristian Forest, East Carolina University
  • Nick Vidovic, University of Akron
  • Stacy Wiroll, Aramark Innovation Center
About The Culinary Institute of America
Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degree majors in food business management, hospitality management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of 49,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore. For more information, visit

About Aramark
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, state-of-the-art healthcare providers, the world's leading educational institutions, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world. Our 270,000 team members deliver experiences that enrich and nourish millions of lives every day through innovative services in food, facilities management and uniforms. We operate our business with social responsibility, focusing on initiatives that support our diverse workforce, advance consumer health and wellness, protect our environment, and strengthen our communities. Aramark is recognized as one of the World's Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE as well as an employer of choice by the Human Rights Campaign and DiversityInc. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.


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