Culinary Challenge Heats Up As Lynx Lair Chef Jason Phillips Vies for Top Honors

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Publication Date: 3/17/2008


Bronze medal winner Jason Phillips (r) with the gold and silver medal winners

Rhodes College Lynx Lair Chef Jason Phillips took home the bronze medal on March 7 at Sewanee University after competing in the 5th Annual ARAMARK Culinary Excellence (ACE) competition. The ACE recognizes and rewards outstanding ARAMARK chefs and provides them with the opportunity to share their culinary expertise with a broader audience in an environment that is both competitive and stimulating.

Phillips graduated with honors from the Art Institute of Atlanta School of Culinary Arts in 1996. His culinary skills have taken him to four continents and over 20 countries. He worked as a chef at the 1996 Olympic Games. Prior to coming to Rhodes, Phillips was a chef/owner of Sacred Hearts Café & Bakery on the Tennessee River for seven years. He has cooked for three Presidents and celebrities including Ted Turner and Buddy Guy.

In the ACE competition, chefs from ARAMARK-managed locations in eight regions in the United States and Canada go head-to-head against chefs from ARAMARK-managed business dining accounts within the Southern Region. 

The top three finalists from each of the eight regions will compete at the ARAMARK Culinary Excellence National Challenge, to be held in May during the National Restaurant Association show in Chicago. The Grand Prize winning team will receive a European culinary tour package courtesy of ARAMARK.