HEAD COOK: J.J. Meland
COMPETITION: World Burger Championship
QUALIFYING EVENT: 2014 World Burger Championship Top 10
I am a Tenured Professor at Bates Technical College and share my passion for food with my students in the classroom every day. I am a graduate and former class alumni president of Western Culinary Institute were I received a 4.0 G.P.A. and perfect attendance. I serve on the board for the Washington State Chef’s Association and I am an active member in the community, working with the Boys and Girls Clubs, local high schools, Special Olympics and the Goodwill. I have been a chef for many well-known hotels and restaurants, such as Marriott, Coast Hotels & Resorts, Silver City Restaurant and El Gaucho. Cooking is my life and always will be.