Two Pierpont chefs receive recognition

FAIRMONT – Chefs Jay R. Mahoney and Brian A. Floyd were recently inducted into the American Academy of Chefs. The honor society of American Culinary Federation, the American Academy of Chefs, represents the highest standards of professionalism in the organization, society and industry. The chefs were awarded their AAC Medallions during the National Convention of the American Culinary Federation in Phoenix, Arizon, earlier this summer.

“It was a tremendous honor to be recognized in this way by my peers, and it was extra special for me to receive the award in Phoenix, where I began my professional career after culinary school,” Mahoney said.

As the program coordinator and lead chef instructor for the Pierpont Culinary Academy, Mahoney has provided culinary education for hundreds of students since 2004. In addition, he has been the coach for the Pierpont Culinary team, which have demonstrated incredible success by winning nine West Virginia State Student Team Championships and numerous ACF medals.

“To be inducted into the American Academy of Chefs is among one of the high water marks of my career as a chef. It was particularly meaningful to be inducted with my friend and colleague Jay Mahoney,” Floyd said. “We have been working together for quite a while to provide a premier culinary education for West Virginia and beyond.”

Floyd is a tenured associate professor who serves as the dean of the School of Human Services and the executive director of the Pierpont Culinary Academy.