Gulf to Lakes Chapter President Accepts a New Position in St. Croix

American Culinary FederationACF NewsGulf to Lakes Chapter President Accepts a New Position in St. Croix

ACF Gulf to Lakes Chapter President — John Bell, CEC, ACE — has resigned his position with the chapter and lake county schools in order to accept a position in St. Croix at the Beach Side Café as a restaurant/hotel executive chef.

John has been instrumental not only to his chapter but to the ACF Central Florida Chapter as well. Please join the ACF/CFC board in congratulating Chef Bell on his new position and in thanking him for his dedication and support of the ACF.


John Bell CEC, ACE
ACF Gulf to Lakes Chapter President 2011- Present
Culinary Arts Instructor

Chef Bell has 30 years of culinary experience encompassing 5-star restaurants in Aspen Colorado, Corporate Chef experience, Consultant and Culinary Educator. He served as personal Chef to John Travolta, and he has cooked for two presidents and many celebrities (Michael Douglas, Goldie Hawn, Bonnie Raitt, President George Bush Senior and Margret Thatcher…to name a few).

During the course of his career, John has kept his skills sharp by participating in competitions. To date, he has earned many achievements, such as:

  • Silver Medal- Aspen Annual Chocolate Classic
  • Gold Medal- Steam Boat Springs Annual Wild Game Grill
  • Gold Medal- Aspen Chocolate Classic
  • Silver Medal- March of Dimes Chefs Cook-Off
  • Pewter Platter- Best Meal Taste of Ocala
  • Pewter Platter- Peoples’ Choice Taste of Ocala
  • Gold Medal- Hot Foods Team Coach Marion County Culinary Student Show

After closing Petite Jardin, his nationally ranked 4-star fine dining restaurant in Ocala, Chef John launched into a teaching career, taking over the culinary program that inspired his own career years ago.

Now Chef John Bell is ready for a new opportunity working in the Virgin Islands. While there, he plans to build a strong ACF presence throughout the American tropical territories.

Good luck, Chef John!

Comments (1)

  1. Hey John. I worked with you at Scarlett Oharas in St Augustine twenty years ago. I just moved to dunnellon Florida and was gonna holler at you. Call me at 8659646120. Congratulations on your continued amazing career.

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