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Niagara Falls Culinary Institute chef wins National Educator of the Year award

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Sat, Aug 10th 2019 10:20 am

Chef Scott Steiner, assistant professor and culinary arts program coordinator at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) was awarded the American Culinary Federation National Chef Educator of the Year award at the ACF Conference in Orlando.

The American Culinary Federation is the largest professional chefs’ organization in North America. Steiner competed against three other chefs from different regions across the country in a live action demonstration at the annual conference.

A Lockport native, Steiner advanced to the national challenge after winning the ACF Northeast Regional Chef Educator of the Year award in March at the NFCI.

Steiner has been a faculty member at NFCI since the building opened in August 2012, and was instrumental in getting the culinary arts program accredited by the ACF. He has mentored many students during his career, helping them to receive substantial scholarships, and ultimately putting them on a successful path to become professional chefs themselves.

The chef began his culinary journey as a student at Emerson Vocational High School in Buffalo, and continued his education at SUNY College at Buffalo. Steiner earned a B.S. in career and technical education and a M.S. in multidisciplinary studies.

Niagara County Community College stated, “As an educator, he is always looking for ways to update curriculum and keeping courses relevant and current. Most recently, chef Steiner has been assisting in the transition of Savor Restaurant, the fine dining establishment at NFCI, to a fully academic operation opening in October 2019.”

The NFCI is a division of Niagara County Community College.

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