NORTH MIAMI, Fla. – Feb. 15, 2008 – Colin Roche, department chair at the North Miami Campus’s College of Culinary Arts has been named as the 2008 Food Service Educators Network International (FENI) 2008 Educator of the Year. Roche will be honored during the FENI 2008 national conference. He has also been offered the opportunity to submit a proposal to teach a master class or poster session at next year’s conference. RocheWith more than two decades of experience in the hospitality field, Roche got his start in the industry as a dishwasher and worked his way up through the ranks to executive chef. His experiences range from gourmet dining in Boston to corporate chef of a cruise line. He currently holds the rank of assistant professor and teaches a variety of culinary and hospitality courses. An active member of the American Culinary Federation, Roche has attained the level of certified executive chef and certified culinary educator. He is also a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals; International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (CHRIE); and The Greater Miami Chef’s Association. The National Restaurant Association has recognized him as a certified ServSafe trainer as well as a Foodservice Management Professional (FMP). Most recently Roche received his Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) certification from the Educational Institute of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA). A member of The National Writers Association and the Florida Writers Association, Roche has written on a wide variety of subjects and been published in various food magazines and newspapers. He is currently the editor of the College of Culinary Arts newsletter and is actively involved around campus as a member of several campus organizations. Roche is currently pursuing his doctorate degree at Florida Atlantic University. His master’s and his bachelor’s degrees are both from Lynn University where he graduated with high honors. He also received associate degrees in culinary arts and hotel restaurant management from Newbury College in Boston and Southern Maine Technical College in Maine. Johnson & Wales University, founded in 1914, is a nonprofit, private institution. A recognized leader in career education, we offer accredited degrees in business, hospitality, culinary arts, technology and education. With a diverse student body of more than 16,000 graduate and undergraduate students, representing all 50 states and 89 countries, JWU prepares students for personal and professional success by integrating rigorous academics and professional skills, community leadership opportunities and our unique career education model. The university is committed to urban revitalization and thoughtful historic renovation. Through active civic participation and by offering unique learning opportunities, JWU improves the quality of life in its campus communities in Providence, R.I., North Miami, Fla., Denver, Colo., and Charlotte, N.C. For more information visit www.jwu.edu.