Chef Ken Koenig, CCC, CCE – Featured Chef June 2013

Chef Ken Koenig, CCC, CCE – Featured Chef June 2013

Chef Koenig  - small   Ken Koenig, Certified Chef de Cuisine, Certified Culinary Educator, was selected as the 2006-07 Teacher of the Year for Lake Technical Center.  He is currently chair of the Culinary Arts/Commercial Foods Department.  An active ACF member since 1988, he has been a chapter officer for the past fourteen years, emphasizing on fundraising and special events.  Chef Koenig graduated from the Southeast Institute of Culinary Arts.  He has since owned and operated a restaurant/catering business; worked as a Sous Chef for Barnett Banks Executive Dining Room in Jacksonville, Florida; was Chef at the Gallery and A. J. Plums Restaurants; worked as Assistant Catering Chef at the University of Florida; and was also a private chef on a 117-foot yacht.  He taught for five years at the Southeast Institute of Culinary Arts before becoming an instructor at Lake Technical Center in 1995, where he was appointed Department Chair in 2000. In 2001 he was selected ACF’s Gulf-to-Lakes Chefs and Cooks Association Chef of the Year by his fellow peers.

Ken also with help from his fellow chefs and staff earned accreditation through the ACF for Lake Culinary Institute, a program of Lake Technical Center, has a day program for adults and dual-enrolled high school juniors and seniors. Credits earned from high school culinary arts programs may be transferred to Lake Culinary Institute.  Along with the day program, there is an apprenticeship program for cooks who are working full time in the industry. This apprenticeship program meets on Monday evenings and enrolls students employed in Lake, Citrus, Sumter, Marion and Alachua Counties.

Ken is married to Rachel Koenig and has two sons, Kyle and Michael and one grandchild Ayden. They have lived in Eustis for the past 18 years. Ken is very active in the community, coaching a variety of sports for his sons’ teams. Ken also plays a very active role in the Gulf-to-Lakes Chefs and Cooks Association fundraising activities. Over the past few years, the association has raised over $15,000 for scholarships which allow students to pursue careers in the culinary arts field.

 

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