The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) “Speaker Series” will spotlight Hugh Acheson, Food & Wine “Best Chef” and winner of two James Beard Foundation Awards.
Chef Acheson will speak on “Leadership Lessons from the Kitchen: Turning Employees into Teammates.” The event will take place on Tuesday, December 10 at 11 a.m. at the HCCC Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street in Journal Square.
Free tickets may be obtained at www.hcccc.edu/tickets.
Chef Acheson will explain how developing a unique approach to leadership can help others. His restaurant, 5 & 10, has no managers; every employee takes equal responsibility for customer experience and the business’s success. Chef Acheson built a trustworthy team, carefully staffing and training each position to encourage ownership and authenticity. By empowering people and aligning his vision with the wants, aspirations and attitude of teammates, Chef Acheson created a culture of mutual respect where collaboration is valued.
Chef Acheson is a proponent of sustainable farming, shopping locally, and creating healthier communities. He brings a fresh view on how food is grown, shopped for and cooked. As a Healthy Living Ambassador for the National Head Start Association, Chef Acheson teaches families about creating nutritious meals, and raises funds for Head Start gardens. He is a staunch supporter of No Kid Hungry, a national organization that works to ensure every child in need has access to healthy food. His foundation, Seed Life Skills, emphasizes a contemporary approach to home economics, including hands-on culinary instruction, conscious-consumer economics, and do-it-yourself design principles.
Before he began encouraging others to cook with homegrown garden flavors, Hugh Acheson studied traditional French wine, cuisine and etiquette, and worked under the guidance of established chefs. His style merges Southern staples with European tastes, creating signature pure, honest food. The author of four cookbooks, Chef Acheson has appeared on Iron Chef, Top Chef, and Iron Chef Canada.