West Shore's Corti Named Chef Educator Of Year
West Shore Career-Tech culinary instructor Devan Corti has earned the Chef Educator of the Year Award from the American Culinary Federation Cleveland Chapter. Corti was presented with the award at the chapter’s annual President’s Brunch on Nov. 5 at the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club.
The ACF Chef Educator of the Year award pays tribute to an active culinary educator whose knowledge, skills and expertise have enhanced the image of the professional chef, and who, by example, has given leadership, guidance and direction to students seeking a career in the culinary profession. This person demonstrates the ability to help students define and develop their careers by using their skills and abilities to provide a strong foundation for their future success.
In an email to Corti, ACF Cleveland Chapter president John Selick cites a number of reasons for the judges selecting her for the award including Corti’s effort to have her students involved in ACF chapter meetings and classes, her success with her students in statewide competitions, her role in the continued quality improvement of the West Shore program and her commitment to the profession shown by earning her master’s degree.
"I am truly honored to have received Educator of the Year Award,” Corti said. “I, too, was once a student enrolled in a high school culinary arts program, at the Lorain County JVS, which dramatically changed my life for the better. I can only hope to have the same positive impact on my students as I received from my chef instructors, Chef Michitsch and Chef Smith.”
She added: “I would also like to say, thank you, to my family, friends and colleagues who have supported my students and I over the years, without them, this would have not been possible."
Also honored at the ACF brunch were culinary students De'vryon Gray and Veronica San Juan. De’vryon received a $500 scholarship and Veronica received a $750 scholarship. The scholarships were sponsored by Elegant Ice Creations and the American Culinary Federation Cleveland Chapter. Both students plan on attending Johnson & Wales University.