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

About

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

Education

  • 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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