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Rocky Dunnam

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Executive Chef Rocky Dunnam




Executive Chef Rocky Dunnam, graduated Le Cordon Bleu from Scottsdale Culinary Institute and has 10+ years experience in the hospitality industry including resort/hotel, restaurants, and non-commercial entities with healthcare and college/university foodservice operations.

Chef Rocky is a Certified Executive Chef and Certified Culinary Administrator with the American Culinary Federation, a World Certified Executive Chef with World Association of Chefs’ Societies, and a Certified Dietary Manager/Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM, CFPP) with Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals. Chef Rocky, along with colleagues, also founded and served as President of West Texas Chefs’ Table, a non-profit organization dedicated to further development of the hospitality industry in the west Texas area, in its formation years.

In Chef Rocky’s career he has won several awards/competitions in his career including “Battle of the Area Chefs Champion” at Restaurant Roundup; “Best Tasting” “Most Authentic”, and “Best Theme” in March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction and Gala; One-of-four chefs selected to compete in ACF Chef of the Year Central Regional Salon, and has been honored (2x) with Amarillo Visitor Council’s AMA Prime Service award. He has competed on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, was named Foodservice Star on the Rise, and was featured in People: 30-Under-30 in Foodservice Director Magazine, continues to publish numerous articles with Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals EDGE magazine.

Chef Rocky’s not only continues to elevate operations across the country in an operations consulting capacity, but is also frequently asked to speak, present, and publish articles on various industry topics nationwide for organizations like American Culinary Federation, Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals, Food Service Director, and more. His recipe development, and recipe demonstration can be seen on KAMR Local 4 out of Amarillo, TX or at by searching “Rocky Dunnam”. See more from Chef Rocky on social platforms @rockydunnam and @rockdrecipes .


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About the author, Shawn

Chef Shawn has worked in almost every segment of the foodservice industry. He holds business degrees and certificates in Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Accounting and Professional Sales. He is Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and a Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) through The American Culinary Federation. A Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) through the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is the author of The First Timer’s Cookbook and The First Timer’s Bakebook. His work has been recognized nationwide as well as being a regular contributor to numerous food service publications and outlets and is the recipient of numerous awards-most recently the 2015 Culinary Educator of the Year through the local American Culinary Federation’s chapter-Beehive State Chef’s Association.

He the owner of multiple food service businesses, facilitates certificate courses for eCornell University and hosts the Business Chef Podcast.

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