About ACF

George O’Palenick, CEC, CCE, AAC

George O'Palenick

Professor Emeritus, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island
ACF Rhode Island Chapter

“It was an honor to serve Northeast Region members for the past two years. I supported ACF Rhode Island Chapter in making the 2014 ACF Northeast Regional Conference innovative and financially successful. With the help of state representatives, we held two educational symposiums and raised close to $5,000 for ACF Culinary Team USA. Most chapters are now compliant, and some were combined to make our region stronger. If elected, I will continue to refine, develop and grow our ACF brand items of certification, education and competition. Special projects will be to create a pastry educational forum and assist the ACF National Pastry Committee in creating a Student Pastry Chef of the Year competition.”


George O’Palenick, CEC, CCE, AAC, joined the faculty of Johnson & Wales in 1980, where he teaches Classical French Cuisine, specializing in Classical Italian Cuisine as well as Garde Manger. He is a past recipient of the College’s prestigious Escoffier Award. He was also adviser to the Chippers Ice Carving Club for many years, members of which have won the National Student Collegiate Ice Carving Championship six out of eight years of competition. In recognition of his efforts, he received the College's Outstanding Service Award for over 5 years.

O’Palenick also coached the Student Olympic Team, which traveled to Germany in October 2004, and that same year he was named 2004 Educator of the Year by the American Culinary Federation. The ACF also inducted him into the American Academy of Chefs and he was named ACF National Chef of the Year in 1995. In addition, he coached the Student Team at the 2004 ACF National Convention where they were awarded the coveted National Championship Award.

Prior to joining JWU, O’Palenick was owner and executive chef at G.A. O’Palenick Catering in Western NY. He owned and operated Art in Ice, Inc which supplied ice sculptures to functions & corporate events. After retiring from the Ice Business in 2007, O’Palenick was inducted to the NICA Hall of Fame in honor of his vision and pioneering the popularity of ice sculptures in the Rhode Island area. In May of 2014 after 34 years, Chef O’Palenick recently retired and was awarded Professor Emeritus of Johnson & Wales University for his commitment and educational contributions over his career. Currently, Chef O’Palenick was elected Northeast Regional Vice President of the American Culinary Federation and is an active member of the ACF Board of Directors.


Culinary Education from the Culinary Institute of America
A.S., Business Administration, Jamestown Community College
B.S., Food Service Management, Johnson & Wales University
M.S., Hospitality Management, Johnson & Wales University

Johnson & Wales University Achievements

Curriculum Development for Garde Manger and Classical French Cuisine
Curriculum Development 4 year Culinary Degree
Created Skills Videos for Johnson & Wales University
Served on the Dean’s search Committee
ACF Student Club Advisor for 34 years
Awarded the Rank of Associate Professor

American Culinary Federation


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