NAME: Ashten Garrett

CULINARY SCHOOL AFFILIATION: Johnson & Wales University, North Miami, FL



Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Ashten Garrett began his professional culinary career when he was 16 years old washing dishes in a high-end fine-dining restaurant. After graduating High School, Ashten was selected to be on the opening executive board for the ACF Young Chefs Club. He served for two years as the very first ACF Young Chefs Club Eastern Regional Vice President, before accepting his current role as an ACF Young Chefs Club Ambassador.

Chef Garrett attended Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, Florida where he attained an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality & Food Service Management graduating summa cum laude. He then traveled to Italy, Spain and France cultivating his palate and culinary techniques while creating innovative and entrancing dishes. Ashten has been recognized for his multiple culinary and hospitality achievements in various organizations, including the James Beard Foundation, the National Black Chef’s Association, the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS).

His most notable accomplishment includes winning on Food Network’s Guys Grocery Games in 2020. Currently residing in Cleveland, Ohio, Chef Garrett is employed at the Marriott International at Key Tower as a senor culinary arts manager where he finds great pleasure creating wonderful culinary experiences for others to enjoy.

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