Chef Gary O. Ackerman

Chef Instructor, Culinary Arts

Instructor Gary Ackerman
Location: Austin, Texas
Favorite Dish: Fresh gulf fish

"What I love about my job is sharing food skills and teaching folks that if they learn to think, they'll be able to cook well."

Chef Gary O. Ackerman


Chef Gary is a Certified Executive Chef® (CEC®) with over three decades’ experience, which includes running Gary O’s Cafe for five years.

In 2012, he helped cook for a fundraiser attended by President Barack Obama in Austin, Texas.

Chef Gary has held both the banquet chef and executive chef positions at fine hotels throughout San Antonio, Texas, served as a personal chef, and worked with a top Austin-based caterer. He also has experience in upscale catering and high-volume restaurant opening.

Honors, Awards & Affiliations

  • Certified Executive Chef®
  • ServSafe® Manager
  • State Food Safety

Professional EXPERIENCE

  • Gary O's Cafe, Bulverde, TX
  • Emily Morgan Hotel at Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX
  • La Provence French Restaurant, San Antonio, TX
  • Plaza Club, San Antonio, TX
  • La Mansion Del Rio Hotel, San Antonio, TX
  • Special Affairs Catering, San Antonio, TX
  • Potpourri Creole and Cajun Restaurant, San Antonio, TX
  • Cappy's Restaurant, San Antonio, TX
  • Naples Italian Restaurant, San Antonio, TX


  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts, Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, Austin, TX

Special Interests

British roadsters, news and politics junkie, fly fishing, any fishing, gardening.

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