Faculty Bio, George O'Palenick

George O'Palenick

Associate Professor

College/School: College of Culinary Arts
Campus: Providence
Main college/department phone number: 401-598-1130

Chef George O'Palenick joined the faculty of Johnson & Wales in 1980, where he teaches American and International Cuisine, specializing in Italian and Classical French, as well as Garde Manger. He is a past recipient of the College's prestigious Escoffier Award. He is also adviser to the Chippers Ice Carving Club, members of which have won the National Student Championship three of the past four years. In recognition of his efforts, he received the Outstanding Service Award in 1996, 2003 and again in 2011, the 2004 Culinary Service Award and the 2009 Vollrath Award.

O'Palenick also coached the Student Olympic Team, which traveled to Germany in October 2004; that same year he was named 2004 Educator of the Year by the American Culinary Federation. The ACF also inducted him into the American Academy of Chefs.

Prior to joining JWU, O'Palenick was owner and executive chef at G.A. O'Palenick Catering. He owns and operates Art on Ice, which supplies ice sculptures to functions.

O'Palenick is a member of the National Ice Carving Association, Les Amis d'Escoffier, and the American Culinary Federation, and a Certified Executive Chef and Certified Culinary Educator. 

  • AOS, Culinary Institute of America
  • AS, Business Administration, Jamestown Community College
  • BS, Food Service Management, Johnson & Wales University
  • MS, Hospitality Management, Johnson & Wales University