FSCJ Media Release
July 9, 2021
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) Professor of Culinary Management Chef Rich Grigsby received the 2021 Postsecondary Educator of the Year Award from the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ). The award, co-sponsored by Sysco Corporation, recognizes Chef Grigsby’s efforts and achievements in the world of culinary arts education, highlighting innovation, leadership, sustainability efforts, entrepreneurship, technological abilities and community outreach.
Also a recipient of FSCJ’s 2021 Distinguished Faculty Award, Chef Grigsby is dedicated to student success, helping his students develop their skills in the classroom and the College’s simulated restaurant environment, Cafe Frisch. Outside of the classroom, he is active in the community, working closely with industry employers and internship host sites to help students elevate their learning, enabling them to excel in their careers.
“FSCJ is privileged to have incredible faculty members like Chef Grigsby who not only care about the learning opportunities they provide, but they also invest in our students’ experiences beyond the classroom so they are well-prepared to enter a fulfilling career after graduation,” said College President John Avendano, Ph.D. “On behalf of the entire College and the Culinary Arts & Hospitality team, we congratulate Chef Grigsby for this well-deserved honor.”
Thanks to Chef Grigsby’s hard work and leadership, the Culinary Management Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program earned an Exemplary Rating because of full compliance and was accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation’s Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC) through 2026.
To learn more about the Culinary Management A.S., visit fscj.edu/academics/areas-of-study/culinary-arts-hospitality/culinary-management-as.
Known as “the community’s college,” Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) exists to provide valuable, high-quality learning opportunities to anyone with the desire to enhance themselves through the pursuit of higher education. Serving more than 45,000 students and awarding nearly 7,000 degrees and certificates on an annual basis, the College plays a significant role in supplying the region’s employers with a highly skilled, educated workforce.