Ashley McGee

Senior Instructor

JWU Faculty Since 2006

Instructor Ashley McGee

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Ever since joining JWU in 2006, 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 recently, Chef McGee completed her Master's of Science degree in Hospitality Management from the JWU in 2020.

Most of her 12 years of restaurant experience was in fine dining and independent restaurants, including her own restaurant in coastal North Carolina. 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.


  • M.S., Johnson & Wales University, Hospitality Management
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • A.O.S., The Culinary Institute of America

My theory about food and cooking has always been a symbolic reference to the book, Like Water for Chocolate. When you cook for others, the meal will always reflect how the cook is feeling at the time, so be confident and cook with love in your heart.


  • CUL1100 Introduction to Culinary Skills & Techniques
  • CUL1210 Breakfast & Lunch Cafe
  • ENG3210 Food Media Presentation Skills
  • LEAD1010 Foundations of Leadership Studies

Extra Curricular Roles

Honors Committee Member 2021-2022


Professional Affiliations

American Culinary Federation, Certified Executive Chef (CEC)
Southern Foodways Alliance, Member
Piedmont Culinary Guild, Member
Les Dames Escoffier, Member