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IUP Alumnus Accepts Prestigious Award on Behalf of Culinary Team

Chef Richard Harber (’96) accepted the American Culinary Federation’s Achievement of Excellence Award on behalf of the Food and Beverage Team at the Philadelphia Country Club.

Chef Richard Harber with the ACF AwardHarber is the executive chef at the Philadelphia Country Club and oversees all of the dining facilities.   

The ACF Achievement of Excellence Award recognizes food service establishments that exemplify a commitment to excellence. Chef Harber said, “It is a great honor to have been nominated for an award that symbolizes the hard work and dedication of everyone on our staff and proves that a positive attitude, great chemistry, and leadership can go a long way in creating top-level cuisine.”

Chef Harber recently added another IUP alumnus to his award-winning team.

Michael Bauer (’07 ) joined Chef Harber as the new executive sous chef.  

This is not the first time the two alumni have worked together. Chef Bauer has worked with Chef Harber before as a line cook at the Duquesne Club and as a sous chef at the Butler Country Club. 

The chef instructors at the Academy of Culinary Arts stress the importance of building networks in order to become successful in the food service industry. The professional relationship between Chef Harber and Chef Bauer is a fine example of such a network.

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