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Shane Henderson, Finalist for the 2018 Chef Invitational

Congratulations to Ben E. Keith Executive Chef and Markon member chef, Shane Henderson, for placing as a finalist in the California Giant Berry Farms 2018 Chef Invitational.  The Chef Invitational was launched to further strengthen relationships with key members of the foodservice industry and recognize talented chefs that create innovative and delicious recipes with California Giant brand berries. He will be showcasing his skills at the Tehama Golf Club in Monterey, California on July 10th.

Shane’s mouthwatering recipe, Strawberry Jalapeno Pancakes with Mixed Berry Syrup and Duck Wings, is a twist on a southern favorite, Chicken and Waffles.  His passion for cooking began while learning on the job.  As a college student, Shane’s culinary passion grew while working at the Jonesboro Country Club. Shane enrolled at the prestigious culinary school at Johnson and Wales in Providence, RI.   Not only did he excel at school, he also took full advantage of his time on the East Coast to learn time-honored methods of preparing fresh seafood and to embrace the art of home-style Italian cooking.

Shane contributes to many philanthropic events and non-profit organizations. He taught at Pulaski Technical College’s Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Institute for four years, and won the Salut au Restauranteur Award, the “Gold” Award presented by the central Arkansas ACF for lifetime service to culinary education and was named Pro-Start Mentor of the Year.  Shane serves as a member of the Arkansas Tech University Advisory board, the American Culinary Federation and Arkansas Hospitality Association.

Best of luck, Shane!