August 5, 2021

Leading Accredited Culinary Educator Attributes Designation to Employee Tenacity and Institution’s Culture

July 27, 2021 – Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, a leading accredited provider of online and campus-based culinary training and education, today announced it was certified as a great workplace by independent analysts at the Great Place to Work® research firm, for the second year in a row. Escoffier’s headquarters in suburban Chicago was also named one of Great Place to Work’s Best Workplaces in Chicago™.

The independent research and consulting firm and authority on workplace culture fielded the employee survey and measured more than 60 elements of team members’ experiences on the job. These elements included employees’ overall satisfaction, sense of pride, feeling welcome, positive work environment, and how they’re treated. Rankings were based on employees’ experiences, no matter who they are, how long they’ve been with the company, or what they do within the organization.

“The 2021-2022 certification is a strong indicator of our employees’ tenacity and ability to adapt to the unique challenges we faced during the COVID-19 pandemic; including migrating employees to home offices across the country, expanding our workforce and coordinating virtual graduations for more than 2,000 culinary students in all 50 states and abroad,” said CEO and president of Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, Tracy Lorenz. “Our employees are at the top of their game, we continue to value their input, especially during this past year. Our culture encourages members to share ideas, look at things differently and do things better.”

Great Place to Work’s data-driven “For All” methodology revealed the overwhelming majority of Escoffier employees have a consistently positive experience in the workplace.

“What I have experienced here at Escoffier is that we all have realized the importance of a strong and thriving culture. A culture with passion, preparation and purpose enables us to grow our future together. Culture is an important foundation for all we do,” added Escoffier’s vice president of Talent & Culture, Richard J. Ahrens.

In addition, survey results showed new employees are made to feel welcome and are treated well, regardless of the level of position. Results also indicated employees genuinely care about each other and the facilities contribute to a positive working environment. For more details on the employee survey results, visit Escoffier’s survey results and “Great Place to Work Certification™.

“Great Place to Work Certification™ isn’t something that comes easily, it takes ongoing dedication to the employee experience,” said Sarah Lewis-Kulin, vice president of global recognition at Great Place to Work. “It’s the only official recognition determined by employees’ real-time reports of their company culture. Earning this designation means that Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts is one of the best companies to work for in the country.”