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August 9-12, 2018

Jean Vendeville

  • Savannah Technical College Department Head and Instructor of Culinary Arts

Chef Jean Yves Vendeville, department head of the Culinary Institute at Savannah Technical College has been with Savannah Tech since December 2008 and has more than doubled enrollment in the program.


Vendeville earned the high honor of winning 2014 Chef Educator of the Year by American Culinary Federation at its national convention after being named top Chef Educator of the Southeast Region. In July 2016, he will be inducted into the American Culinary Federation (ACF) honor society, the American Academy of Chefs.


He was named 2012 Instructor of the Year by the Technical College System of Georgia and 2012 Chef Educator of the Year by the Low Country Chapter of the ACF. He has led student teams to win four ACF Southeast Regional Championships – in 2010 in the Hot Food Team competition and back-to-back wins in the Knowledge Bowl competition in 2011 and 2012 and recently in 2015.


At the 2012 ACF Southeastern Regional Conference, Chef Vendeville received the top ACF award – the President’s Medallion. This award is the ultimate honor for a lifetime of commitment and service to the standards and excellence ACF exemplifies. He has achieved his ACF Lifetime Certification as an Executive Pastry Chef and holds a Lifetime Certification as an Executive Chef from the Chef Association of America.


Vendeville has assembled a top-notch team of faculty, who has each earned national American Culinary Federation (ACF) certification under his leadership. He has embedded many aspects of sustainability into the program including an on-campus organic vegetable garden, an herb garden, and a composting site.


The Culinary Institute of Savannah ACF-accredited culinary arts program has been described as the “best in the U.S.A” by its ACF accreditation review board. According to his committee chair, the Culinary Institute of Savannah, offering ACF-accredited diploma and degree programs in culinary arts, has gone “well over and above the standards and expectations for a technical college teaching facility.” The committee recommended that the program receive the maximum accreditation time of seven years, when the average is three years.





  • ticket prices do not include applicable sales taxes
  • all advance discount tickets are released in limited quantities and can sell out at any time without notice
  • all tickets sales are final & non-refundable
  • all events are rain or shine
  • event programs subject to change without notice

Please drink responsibly while attending events during the Savannah Gourmet Seafood & Spirits Festival. DO NOT drink and drive. The life you save might just be your own!

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