Chef Lynn Pike is the Interim Department Chairperson for Culinary Arts and currently serves as the coordinator of externship placement for all culinary students.
She holds two graduate degrees from IUP including a Master of Arts degree in Adult and Community Education and a Masters of Science in Food and Nutrition.
Prior to her employment at IUP, Pike served as executive chef for Culinary Service Network (now Morrison Foods) at Longwood at Oakmont Retirement Resort, and as executive sous chef for the Top of the Triangle Restaurant in Pittsburgh. Her professional experience also includes culinary positions at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh as well as management positions with Marriott Restaurant Corporation.
While working in Pittsburgh, Chef Pike served as certification chairperson, chairman of the board, and president of the American Culinary Federation Pittsburgh Chapter. She was the first woman to be elected to the position of president and the first woman to sit as chairman of the board for the Pittsburgh chapter of the ACF which has over 500 members composed of restaurant and foodservice professionals.
Pike is an avid competitor and a mentor for students interested in culinary competition. She and her students have won gold, silver, and bronze medals at local and regional culinary competitions. Some of the honors conferred on Chef Pike include first place awards from the Pennsylvania State and National Beef Challenge, a silver medal from the ACF Pittsburgh Chapter Culinary Salon, a silver medal for the Regional Hot Food Team while acting as team manager, and ACF Regional Member of the Year winner.
Chef Pike participates in numerous charitable functions, and she lectures locally on culinary nutrition.
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