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Wes Turnage – The Ever Evolving Chef

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Wesley Turnage CEC CCE CCA FMP

Senior Manager, Culinary Planning

Erlanger Health System


Chef Wesley has since his childhood in rural Mississippi, had an affinity for the culinary arts. He decided to pursue his passion after he began his career working as a line cook at an upscale restaurant on the Oxford, Mississippi town square.

He then attended the prestigious New England Culinary Institute in Essex Junction, Vermont. While enrolled he completed two internships one at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC  and the second at LeBrea Bakery  in Los Angeles, CA.

After graduation he accepted the position of Sous Chef at Chez Phillipe inside the historic Peabody hotel in downtown Memphis Tennessee. While at Chez Phillipe he continued his learning under the direction of Maitres de Cuisinier, Chef Jose Guiterrez.

From there, Chef Turnage has worked as an Executive Chef or Food and Beverage Director in many different facets of food services from hotels, resorts, private clubs, restaurant ownership, healthcare, and education.

Chef Turnage is a proud husband and father of four who enjoys the outdoors, camping, hunting, hiking, and family time.

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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 and currently the host of the Business Chef Podcast.

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