North Vancouver Island Chef’s Association honours Courtenay teacher

Tammy Williamson has been presented with the Fred Rose Memorial Scholarship award for her achievements in education with Grade 11 and 12 culinary students.

The North Vancouver Island Chef’s Association (NVICA) recently honoured Mark R. Isfeld teacher Tammy Williamson with the Fred Rose Memorial Scholarship award for her achievements in education with Grade 11 and 12 culinary students.

Williamson, Isfeld’s HomeEc and Train in Trades instructor – Professional Cooking Level 1 – was recognized for her innovation and commitment to the culinary arts program.

Receiving the Fred Rose Memorial Scholarship as selected by the NVICA scholarship committee was based upon Wilkinson’s passion, hard work, and dedication to her students in their pursuit of a career path within the culinary profession.

“Williamson has been providing invaluable mentorship in the classroom for the past five years,” said NVICA president Lesley Stav “It’s wonderful to see how she encourages her students to participate, ergo gaining hands-on experience at our various NVICA events from Farmers Market Food Fests and local Foodie Festivals to the various culinary events celebrating the bounty of the Comox Valley.”

Williamson exemplifies the professionalism of Campbell River chef Fred Rose, a long-standing member of NVICA in whose honour the award is named. Over the years, Rose remained involved in the Campbell River community through a number of volunteer organizations imparting his high standards, knowledge, and attention to detail in whatever activity he was involved with at the time.

Regularly demonstrating leadership and creativity, Williamson not only runs (on her own time) the extra-curricular Culinary Club but provides the in-class portion of the online Professional Cooking – Level 1 program.

“I was so surprised when I got the phone call (due to COVID) from Lesley letting me know that I was the recipient of the Fred Rose Scholarship,” Williamson said. “I didn’t apply for this award so I was really taken aback. Then I was blown away as never having owned a decent knife I was thrilled to receive a set of six professional knives with my name engraved on each one tucked inside a knife roll filled with an assortment of kitchen tools.”

The award is given not annually, but only when warranted, by NVICA in recognition of a member’s participation in the association and their dedication towards and commitment to continued learning in the field of culinary arts.

Special thanks extended to corporate chef Carmelo Vadacchino from F. Dick Knives for his overwhelming support in making this happen, engraving and all.

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