The real strength of the Columbus Culinary Institute culinary arts program is the combination of industry-driven curriculum, and our passionate, industry-proven chef instructors.

CCI chef instructors have won top industry awards, owned their own restaurants, and achieved their certified executive chef designations. Our faculty’s varied backgrounds and broad network of contacts are assets to our alumni as they begin their culinary careers. 

Select members of our staff include:

Chef Matthew Schenk, MBA,CEC, is the Culinary Arts Program Director at the Columbus Culinary Institute at Bradford School.  Chef Schenk has over 25 years of experience in the culinary industry and has degrees from Johnson & Wales, Michigan State University, and Ohio Dominican University.  Chef Schenk has worked for such notable food service establishments as Children’s Hospital, Lindey’s American Bistro, Bravo Italian Cucina, as well as the corporate entities of J. Alexander’s and Houston’s Restaurants.  Chef Schenk ensures the smooth operation of the Culinary Arts Program. He also keeps the program curriculum relevant.

Chef Tom Hunt, CEC, is a Chef instructor in the Culinary Arts program. Chef Hunt has over 25 years of industry experience and has opened and managed restaurants from the ground up. Chef Hunt is the competition coach for our CCI Hot Food team. Under his direction, they have won at both the regional and state level. Chef Hunt is active within the ACF organization and has seved on the board as secretary and been the managing chef at several ACF events. He earned the ACF Columbus chapter "Chef of the Year" award in 2012.

Chef Nicole Bennett, CEC, CCE, is a Chef Instructor in the Culinary Arts program.  Chef Bennett is a graduate of the Florida Culinary Institute as well as a member of their Baron Galand Knowledge Bowl Team, which placed Gold in their regional competition and Bronze in their national competition.  Chef Bennett has over 15 years of experience in the culinary industry in restaurants, country clubs, fine dining and five-star hotels.  Chef Bennett is also experienced in fruit and vegetable carving.  She has placed in many professional competitions and has studied under Chef Jimmy Zhang.  Chef Bennett is the coach/instructor for Columbus Culinary Institute’s Columbus Carving Artists, our student fruit and vegetable carving club.  Under her guidance, members of the club have had great success at the carving competitions they have entered.

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