NAME: Samuel Spencer

CULINARY SCHOOL AFFILIATION: Bishop State Community College, Mobile, Alabama



Samuel Spencer grew up in Mobile, AL and has been passionate about cooking his entire life. He started his career as a fry cook at Kentucky Fried Chicken before moving on to a Catering Coordinator and Assistant to the Sous Chef position in the dietary department at Springhill Medical Center.

Chef Spencer attended Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Alabama where he studied Culinary Arts. While pursuing his education, he served as the Class President and was named Outstanding Culinary Student of the Year. He was first in his class when he graduated in 2012. While in school, Chef Spencer was employed in the industry full-time and continued to hone his skills. After working as banquet chef and executive chef in the local area, he decided to move into education and accepted a teaching position as a Commercial Foods Instructor at Coastal Alabama Community College in Atmore, Alabama. Chef Spencer’s current position is the Food Service Director / Culinary Arts Instructor at Guided Discoveries / CampChop.

A long-time member of the American Culinary Federation, he has earned his certified chef credentials, his Servsafe Food Protection Manager Certification, and is a Certified Proctor Instructor by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. He is also an active member of the Metro Mobile Chefs & Cooks Association and is President of the ACF Gulf Coast Culinary Association, Pensacola Chapter. In the recent past, he was inducted into the Les Amis d’ Escoffier Society of Chicago, recognized as a 50 Executive Chefs and 50 industry leaders candidate, and was a recipient of the America Culinary Federation’s Presidential Medallion which exemplifies culinary excellence and leadership expertise. However, Chef Spencer is most proud of his partnership with the Chefs Move to Schools Association.

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