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Gary D. Fitting

CHEF FITTING fish 180Certified Executive Chef
Certified Culinary Educator
Certified Culinary Administrator
Approved Certification Evaluator
American Academy of Chefs
World Association of Chefs Society
(WACS) Certified Chef

Chef Fitting came to the Culinary Arts department at IUP from Virginia Tech University in 1996. His industry experience also includes the following prestigious positions: executive chef and general manager for the Fountain Springs Country Club, Ashland, Pennsylvania; food and beverage director for the four-star, four-diamond Kiawah Island Resort, Charleston, South Carolina; food and beverage director for the 800-acre Sea Palms Resort, St. Simons Island, Georgia; and executive chef for the five-star, five-diamond The Cloister Hotel, Sea Island, Georgia.

Chef Fitting is an active member of the American Culinary Federation. He assisted in the development of the ACF requirements for the Culinary Administrator certification. He also dedicates time to scholarship development for culinary students through the local ACF chapter and through the American Academy of Chefs.

Interested in expanding educational options for culinary students, Chef Fitting developed articulation agreements between IUP and DCT International School in Luzern, Switzerland. Because of his work, IUP culinary students are eligible to transfer credit toward DCT culinary programs where they have the opportunity to earn European diplomas in culinary arts or baking and pastry. Students are also able to apply credits earned at DCT toward a B.S. in Hospitality Management at IUP.

In 2007, The American Culinary Federation Northeast Regional Conference awarded Chef Fitting the ACF Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award. Most recently, Chef Fitting received his certification from the World Association of Chefs Society. Chef Fitting is the first chef in the United States to receive certification from WACS, a global network of chefs associations first founded in October 1928 at the Sorbonne in Paris. Today, the organization comprises 75 professional chefs associations from around the world. WACS is dedicated to maintaining and improving the culinary standards of global cuisines. These goals are accomplished through education, training and professional development of it's international membership.

Below left:  Chef Fitting and Chef Peter Timmons, executive chef from the Greenbrier Resort at IUP Academy of Culinary Arts graduation
Right:  Chef Fitting working with students on knife skills



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  • 1012 Winslow Street
    Punxsutawney, PA 15767
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