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September 4, 2014

Madison College Educator Honored with Salute to Excellence Award

Chef Kevin McGuinnis, culinary programs instructor at Madison College, is honored as the college educator recipient for the 2014 Salute to Excellence Awards, presented by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA) Education Foundation. The College Educator Award is given to Chef Kevin McGuinnis for his dedication and commitment to the future of the foodservice industry.

Chef McGuinnis is passionate about culinary education, and is well-respected by students and instructors for his enthusiasm and expertise. For the past eight years, he has taught culinary arts courses at the college level, demonstrating leadership while instructing students on fundamental techniques as well as imparting diverse knowledge.

In addition to his work at the college, Chef McGuinnis is very active with the ProStart® programs at Sun Prairie High School, working to coach teams competing in the state ProStart® Invitational culinary competition held annually at the Midwest Foodservice Expo. With McGuinnis’ help, the student teams placed 3rd in the 2012 competition and 1st in the 2013 state championship.

“Chef McGuinnis’ enthusiasm for education really motivates and inspires students to strive and achieve great things in foodservice and hospitality,” said Bryan Mowry, Executive Director of the WRA Education Foundation.

The WRA Education Foundation proudly presents Chef Kevin McGuinnis with the 2014 Salute to Excellence College Educator Award for his contributions to education, the community and the foodservice industry.

Each year, the WRA EF recognizes five individuals and one company for dedication and commitment to education in the restaurant industry as Salute to Excellence honorees. Other 2014 Salute to Excellence honorees include: Brian Frakes (Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Milwaukee); Diane McKenzie (Madison West High School, Madison); Chico Pope (Buckhorn Supper Club, Milton); Amy and Ryan Scheide (Great Expectations, Wisconsin Rapids); and EWH Small Business Accounting, S.C., Waukesha. Each honoree creates opportunities for people interested in foodservice industry careers. They have worked in a variety of roles, in different parts of the state, but they share an enthusiasm and optimism for the future of the restaurant industry.

The Salute to Excellence awards are presented at the 2014 Celebration of Excellence on Sunday, October 19 at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan. More information on the event is available at www.wirestaurant.org.

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The WRA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1987 and is one of the nation’s largest state restaurant association foundations. The Foundation vision is to advance professionalism through education, scholarships and community involvement to ensure the future success of the foodservice industry.

The ProStart® program, administered by National Restaurant Association Solutions, LLC and state restaurant associations, is a college-prep, two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid internships where industry managers mentor them.

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