Guest Chef Bio
Patrick Mitchell CEC, AAC
2016 USA National Chef of the Year
Patrick is an Executive Chef / Culinary Advisor for Ben E. Keith Foods based in Ft. Worth, TX. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with 41 years experience in the industry. Patrick is an American Culinary Federation Certified Culinary Judge as well as a member of the American Academy of Chefs since 2005 and is the Central Region Director for the AAC. In 2004 Chef Mitchell was awarded the ACF’s – Chef Professionalism award for the Central Region.
Chef Mitchell has participated in culinary competitions and cultural exchanges in a dozen countries over the last 24 years and has won over 40 awards including Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in National and International competitions. He has competed 3 times (1992, 2012 & 2016) in the International Culinary Olympics (IKA) Erfurt, Germany, the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg, a 3 time competitor (2002, 2004 & 2006) in Hotelympia in London and in 2007 won first place overall in Bangkok, Thailand.
In 2015 Patrick won the Texas State Chef of the Year and went on to compete in the 2016 Region Cook-off where he won the Central Region Chef of the Year. Later that year he was named the 2016 USA National Chef of the Year after winning the competition in Phoenix at the ACF National Convention.
In July 2018 Chef Mitchell will represent the USA in the Global Chefs Challenge in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Each semester the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism invites a local chef to visit the Club. Students are given the opportunity to work alongside a culinary master preparing an exquisite luncheon Menu. Guest Chef Day is the most popular day of the semester and is always a sold-out event! Reservations are required for this special day, and the price is an incredible value at $15.00 or 1 ticket plus $5.00.
If you are a professional chef and are interested in volunteering your time, please e-mail us at GatewayClub@unt.edu.