Story #015 – Sam Glass

NAME: Sam Glass

CULINARY SCHOOL AFFILIATION: Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY


Chef Sam Glass


Chef Samuel Glass CEC, CCE, AA, is a Chef/Professor teaching at Centennial College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. Chef Glass was the lead faculty member for the development and implementation of the school’s two-year Culinary Management program and the one-year Culinary Skills – Chef Training program. A member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the Canadian Culinary Federation (CF), Glass was the 2005-2006 Chef of the Year for the Central Region of the CF and received an ACF President’s Medallion in 2006 for his contributions to the culinary profession. In 2008, he was inducted into the ACF’s honor society, the American Academy of Chefs. He is also a recipient of the Service Award from the American Academy of Chefs in 2015, recognizing his numerous volunteer activities at both home and abroad.

Chef Glass is a proud Canadian graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (1982). Upon graduating, Chef Glass worked at the Windsor Arms hotel in Toronto. From there, he travelled to Israel, where he worked at the Jerusalem Hilton. After a working as a “stagiaire de cuisine” for six months in France, he returned to Canada, working at the Millcroft Inn. His next position was at the Park Plaza hotel, where he was responsible for the opening of the hotel’s kosher facility. Chef Glass then worked as Executive Chef for Caterers York, one of Toronto’s largest kosher caterers. His next position was that of Executive Chef at Oakdale Golf and Country Club in Toronto. Chef Glass then made the move to teaching, becoming a culinary educator over eighteen years ago.

Chef Glass takes a proactive role in culinary education, having completed his M.Ed at Brock University. He has published academic articles on culinary curriculum and has also volunteered as a mentor through the Adopt-A-Ship program of the ACF with the U.S. Navy. Over his career, Chef Glass has worked and taught on three continents and four countries, contributed to cookbooks, competed both locally and internationally, participated in community culinary events, and is recognized as an expert panelist on many industry topics. Chef Glass is also a certified TrainCan Sanitation instructor. He is a Certified Executive Chef, Certified Culinary Educator, Approved Certification Evaluator and is also a member of the Certification Commission of the American Culinary Federation. Most recently Chef Glass became an approved level B judge under the auspices of the World Association of Chef Societies (WACS).

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