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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212
Email: pr@cofo.edu

February 04, 2019

The Keeter Center Executive Chef Robert Stricklin honored with Golden Fork Award


 

Chef Robert Stricklin honored with Golden Form Award ceremony Jan. 20, 2019. Named Heart of the House.The Southwest Missouri Restaurant Association honored The Keeter Center Executive Chef Robert Stricklin with a Golden Fork Award at a ceremony on Sunday, January 20, 2019. Stricklin was named the Heart of the House during the annual awards gala.

Seniors Svetlana Volkova, hotel and restaurant management major and Daniel Worley, hotel and restaurant management and culinary arts double major were awarded scholarships at the Southwest Missouri Restaurant Association awards gala.Two College of the Ozarks students were awarded scholarships at the Southwest Missouri Restaurant Association awards gala. Seniors Svetlana Volkova (hotel and restaurant management major) and Daniel Worley (hotel and restaurant management and culinary arts double major) were each awarded $1,500 scholarships. They applied for and were chosen to receive the scholarships by a team of reviewers from the Southwest Missouri Restaurant Association Chapter.

Two C of O students awarded scholarships

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — The Southwest Missouri Restaurant Association honored The Keeter Center Executive Chef Robert Stricklin with a Golden Fork Award at a ceremony on Sunday, January 20, 2019. Stricklin was named the Heart of the House during the annual awards gala.

The award honors a back-of-the-house employee who exemplifies exceptional service and execution in their position, profession, and industry and is seen as successful in the eyes of his fellow operators and employees. Fellow peers in the industry nominated Stricklin for this award.

During his introduction, Brian Brown, vice president of local sales for US Foods, noted Stricklin’s stellar career and remarkable achievements as both executive chef of The Keeter Center and director of the culinary arts program at College of the Ozarks.

“As head of the culinary arts department at College of the Ozarks and executive chef at the College’s renowned Keeter Center, he not only imparts his own culinary mastery to the menus he develops but he also fosters young aspiring chefs attending the College’s culinary arts degree program,” Brown said.

Stricklin, a certified executive chef and member of the American Academy of Chefs, brings more than 40 years of culinary experience to his roles at the College and The Keeter Center. He has worked in Four and Five Star venues all over the world and has found his life’s passion teaching students and overseeing the culinary and dining operations, including the high volume banquet and catering services, at The Keeter Center.

“Now what I consider success is not the awards that you receive but the information and the knowledge you pass on to the younger generation. Nothing pleases me more than teaching someone how to do something and then eventually seeing that person master it better than you,” Stricklin said.

Students from The Keeter Center hosted a dessert reception after the award program, serving more than 200 people.

Two College of the Ozarks students were awarded scholarships at the event. Seniors Svetlana Volkova (hotel and restaurant management major) and Daniel Worley (hotel and restaurant management and culinary arts double major) were each awarded $1,500 scholarships. They applied for and were chosen to receive the scholarships by a team of reviewers from the Southwest Missouri Restaurant Association Chapter.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.

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02.04.19 – Valorie Coleman

 

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