We recognize an educator in our school system who has enjoyed a long and varied career. He’s worked in hotels and restaurants, as a corporate consultant, and now, as a culinary educator at the Center for Applied Technology North. As Chairperson of the Production and Services department, Bruce Davis has been teaching and developing the school’s amazing culinary arts curriculum since 1994. This honors program is certified by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation and has been honored multiple times, including a Maryland State Department of Education and Governor’s Citation for the Most Outstanding Secondary Technology Program in the State of Maryland. Clearly these honors can be attributed to Chef Davis’s experience, knowledge, and skill set.
Having grown up helping with his family’s two grocery stores and a catering operation, Bruce’s career path was already paved out during his teenage years. When he expressed an interest in culinary school, his father said, “If you want to be a chef you have to go to the Culinary Institute of America.” After graduating with honors from the CIA, Bruce accepted a position with Marriott Hotels and worked several years there before moving to Clydes Restaurant in Columbia, as executive chef and restaurant manager. But after 30 years in the industry Bruce decided he wanted to give back, and he accepted a teaching position with CAT-North.
As a culinary educator, Chef Davis actively pursues industry-sponsored activities for students to participate in, such as US Foods Show, Vulcan Executive Staff Luncheon and the Culinary Institute-sponsored “Cooking with CIA” ambassadors. He establishes connections with a variety of industry sponsors that result in unique culinary experiences for his students yearly.
Bruce Davis is a very effective role model. He is innovate in exploring and acquiring “state of the art” cooking technology for use by his students, who have learned from him and have ultimately made careers for themselves in the field. Many of his students come back to visit and express their thanks and gratitude for the many opportunities CAT-North and Chef Davis have given them. “This is what motivates me as a teacher,” Davis said, “to see, feel, and hear their passions and share their success stories with others.”
Bruce is a valuable member of the Leadership Team at CAT – North. He is instrumental in providing yearly culinary support for Program Advisory Meetings, Open House, Diversity Luncheon, AARSPA Luncheon, and a variety of school system sponsored meetings and events. Chef Bruce Davis – you relish in your role in preparing high school students for a career in the food service industry, passing on your passion for food and guiding the next generation of culinary professionals. And so for these reasons and more the Board honors you as Educator of the Month for April, 2017. Congratulations!