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Culinary Instructor is now Executive Chef


Chef Instructor Travis Green is the latest in the Culinary/Hospitality program at Southeast Community College to be certified by the American Culinary Federation. Green spent the past year brushing up his culinary skills and was put to the test, both written and demonstrative.

“I started working at Southeast Community College a little over two years ago, and one of my goals was to get this accreditation,” Green said.

In order to be certified, Green had to pass a written exam, take a three-hour practical exam, complete numerous classes, and work in the industry for a certain number of years.

Green used to own and operate the restaurant “Dish” located downtown Lincoln. After graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan University, he went to the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon. He worked in Hawaii, Alaska and Colorado before heading back to Lincoln.

“I practiced six times until I had the timing down,” Green said about the test. He was able to create his own menu while he demonstrated various culinary proficiencies during the multi-course exam.

“They didn’t judge me on the food, but rather they evaluated my skills and overall professionalism,” he said. “They want you to demonstrate that you’re a professional, keeping your station clean, not having waste, and utilizing everything properly.”

Green said he relied on other instructors from the program for their expertise in preparing for the certification. To have another certified instructor in the College’s Culinary/Hospitality program will only make it stronger, he says.

“It brings some accreditation and strengths to our program,” Green added. “We do a similar test for our students when they are graduating, and it gave me a good perspective of what they have to do, and I’m a better instructor for it.”

The American Culinary Federation is a professional organization for chefs and cooks with more than 15,000 members in North America. Other SCC instructors certified by the ACT are Program Chair Rob Epps, Brandon Harpster, Maybell Galusha, and Gerrine Schreck-Kirby.


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