Chef J.D. Forde

Chef Instructor, Culinary Arts

john david forde
Location: Online Programs
Favorite Dish: Whole Hog BBQ

"My favorite part of teaching is seeing the excitement of the students as they learn new techniques."

Chef J.D. Forde


Chef J.D. has served as an Executive Chef and works part-time with a catering company on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He worked under a semi-finalist for Best Chef Southwest chef and owner Michael Sohocki at Gwendolyn in San Antonio, Texas.

J.D. enjoys traveling and experiencing different cuisines, having spent a lot of time in Mexico with his wife and living there. He grew up in a rural farming community and has always enjoyed the process of how food gets to the table. Having worked on farms and cattle ranches, J.D. is passionate about sustainability and farm-to-table practices.

Chef J.D. is planning to complete his Certified Culinary Educator® (CCE®) credential through the American Culinary Federation (ACF). He also volunteers each year with his local high school culinary programs helping with various events.

Honors, Awards & Affiliations

  • ServSafe® Manager

Professional EXPERIENCE

  • Administrator - Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
  • Lead - 32 Restaurant/IP Casino
  • Executive Chef - Mosaic Restaurant


  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu, Austin, TX

Special Interests

Fishing, playing guitar, swimming.

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