Thursday, April 17, 2008
The executive chef at the University of West Georgia won a first place Gold Medal Award in the Aramark Higher Education ACE Competition held on campus. The Southern Regional Aramark Culinary Excellence Team recognized Chef Rodney Ridley, as the winner of the UWG Regional ACE Competition.
Ridley, a graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta, competed against chefs from universities across the south. His winning menu of Shrimp and Vidalia Onion Wonton, Bourbon Chicken stuffed with pecan butter and a Cheese Burlee with vanilla strawberries dazzled the panel of judges.
Ridley has also earned a third and final spot on the regional team with Beau Gerarde from East Tennessee State University and Masa Yamashita from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The regional team will compete in the National Higher Education ACE Challenge in Chicago this summer. All three competed against 70 schools in the southeast to compete in Chicago.
“We’re tickled to death that our own chef won first place,” said John Lyons, director of Aramark Food Services at UWG. “We’re very proud that we have someone of his caliber.”
The ACE competition recognizes and rewards outstanding chefs throughout the Aramark organization and provides Aramark chefs with the opportunity to share their culinary expertise.
Aramark Higher Education serves the dining, facility and conference needs of more than 600 colleges and universities nationwide. At UWG, the food service company provides students and faculty with an all-you-can-eat buffet in the Hubbard Dining Hall, and deli and bakery kiosks throughout the campus.
For more information, call 678-839-6496.