Ashley McGee


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I find that drawing on my past experience is what works best with freshmen to explain why our curriculum is relatable and will be relevant for them.“

Bio

In her 11th year teaching at JWU, Ashley McGee values the rewarding outcomes of preparing the future leaders of the hospitality industry. She received her B.A. in English from UNC–CH before realizing her dream of becoming a chef. She enrolled at CIA and earned an A.O.S. degree in Culinary Arts after her time at UNC. Most of her 12 years of restaurant experience was in fine dining and independent restaurants. For one in coastal North Carolina, she was the owner and chef. McGee finds that drawing on her past experience is what works best with freshmen to explain why our curriculum is relatable and will be relevant for them.

Her strength as a teacher is that she creates learner-centered activities that engage students and enhance their understanding of difficult material. McGee chooses to create an atmosphere that emphasizes the importance of knowing how to correct something that may not be perfect every time. In the industry, it is not a matter of whether things will go wrong — they absolutely will go wrong at the worst possible time. What is important is how one handles it. 

Professional Memberships

American Culinary Federation
Southern Foodways Alliance