Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Costa Magoulas has his day in Volusia County

If awards and honors were like groceries, Costa Magoulas would need a bigger refrigerator.

Chef Costa Magoulas
During the college’s District Board of Trustees meeting on March 22, the dean of Daytona State College’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Management added a new honor to a shopping cart full of recognition he’s already received this year, having the day officially designated Costa Magoulas Day by the Volusia County Council.
At the board meeting, the honor was presented to Magoulas via proclamation delivered by Volusia County Councilman Josh Wagner. Wagner cited awards Magoulas received in February at the American Culinary Federation’s Southeast Regional Conference held in Winston-Salem, NC, when he was named ACF Southeast Region Chef Educator of the Year. Magoulas also was one of four to earn the prestigious ACF Southeast Region President’s Medallion, presented to members who exemplify culinary excellence and leadership and have contributed their knowledge, skills and expertise to the advancement of the culinary profession. He also added yet another accoutrement to his basket of gastronomic accolades at the conference, when he won a fried rice competition sponsored by Riviana Foods.
Speaking on behalf of the County Council, Wagner said, “We want to show how important this is, because it’s the people in our community who make our community what it is.”
As ACF Chef Educator of the Year for the Southeast region, Magoulas will vie for the national honor during ACF’s National Convention in July.
Chef Magoulas is a longtime ACF Certified Executive Chef, who began his career more than 50 years ago working in his father’s restaurant. He also is one of 200 Certified Culinary Educators and one of 50 Certified Culinary Administrators in the United States. Additionally, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Chefs, the honor society of the ACF. He also is a member of the Research Chefs Association, a leading professional community for food research and development.
The ACF was established in 1929 and is the premier professional organization for culinarians in North America. With more than 20,000 members in 225 chapters nationwide, ACF is the culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and programmatic accreditation both here and abroad. In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States.

Daytona State offers associate of science degrees in
Hospitality Management and Culinary Management, as well as a vocational certificate in a Baking and Pastry Specialization. All programs are conducted in the Mori Hosseini College of Hospitality Management, a 62,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility located on the college’s Daytona Beach Campus. The facility features ultra-modern kitchens, high-tech classrooms for instruction a fully functioning restaurant that is operated by students called CafĂ© 101 and other amenities that mirror real-world culinary industry environs.

For more information, please call or email Chef Magoulas at 386-506-3578,