Distinguished Visiting Chef

The Distinguished Visiting Chef program is designed to have a celebrated local, regional, or national chef spend time in class to engage the culinary arts students by teaching and mentoring. At present, one visit is planned per academic term. All students in the culinary arts track are encouraged to attend every presentation. Observing and interacting with outstanding chefs is one of the best way to see best practices in culinary arts and to learn from individuals that are living the dream.



Roster of Distinguished Visiting Chefs by Semester


Abigail Hutchinson Spring 2013
Dave Snyder

For Dave Snyder, the past twenty eight years have been filled with culinary pursuits from New England to his beloved South. Following graduation from the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont, he moved to New York City, gaining experience at The Essex House, Zoe, Union Square Café, and The Mark. Heading south, Dave became executive chef at Azalea in Atlanta before moving to St Simons Island, Georgia as chef at J Mac’s. In 2000, he opened Halyards on St. Simons and, in 2006, opened Tramici.

Dave Snyder at CCGA
Dave Snyder Biography

Abigail Hutchinson Fall 2012
Abigail Hutchinson

Chef Abigail Hutchinson has been the Executive Chef of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Prior to this she was the Executive Sous Chef at the Ocean Club at Amelia Island. Active in the local culinary community, Chef Hutchinson currently serves as the co-chair of the Culinary Advisory Board of the culinary arts program in the School of Business and Public Affairs at the College of Coastal Georgia and is a member of the Wild Georgia Shrimp and Grits Festival Committee.

Abigail Hutchinson at CCGA
A Dinner on Jekyll

Joshua John Russell Summer 2012
Joshua John Russell

Chef Russell graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island and interned at the Grove Park Inn, Asheville. His resume includes pastry chef at Atlanta’s Highland Bakery, instructor in cake decorating at the Viking Cooking School, instructor at the Oklahoma Sugar Art Show in North Carolina, and multiple episodes of the Food Network Challenge. His work can be seen on TV, in magazines, in the book, Decadent Details, and in the Katherine Heigl movie, Life As We Know It.

Joshua John Russell at CCGA
Joshua John Russell facebook
Learn from Joshua John Russell online


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