Dr. Eloise Fernandez-Cantrell
Chef Eloise Fernandez-Cantrell holds the distinction of LIFETIME certification as a certified executive chef CEC, certified culinary educator CCE, and a member of the esteemed Academy of Chefs AAC of the American Culinary Federation. She has worked in the hospitality industry her entire adult life. She started as a waitress and food preparer as he worked her way through college majoring in food science which prepared her for her career in dietetics and food service.
She has held various positions in the field of Culinary Arts, and Food Service/ Management. Chef Fernandez has worked in the corporate culinary world for the Marriott Corporation. She owned and operated a successful catering business, “Personal Touch Design” for 18 years.
Chef Fernandez earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and a double Master of Science degree in Family Consumer Science Nutrition with an emphasis in Gerontology from California State University, Northridge. She holds a doctorate in Administration of Higher Education, Nova Southwestern, Florida.
Dr. Cantrell’s most recent professional career included serving the Los Angeles Community College District at Los Angeles Mission College (LAMC) as Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Culinary Arts/Food Service Management. She served 16 years as Dean of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles Mission College and is the founder (1991) of the LAMC’s Culinary Arts Institute.
After 40 years of dedication to educational service training in the culinary field she retired.
Dr. Eloise Fernandez –Cantrell in 2015 was awarded the Chefs De Cuisine of California-Los Angeles (OTTO SPITZMAN) Lifetime Achievement award. Chef Fernandez has a long list of recognitions and awards throughout her career as a dedicated culinarian and educator.
She has served as the vice president 2002-2006, and served as certification chair for the Chef de Cuisine of Los Angeles chapter 1992-present and has been a board member for many years. Chef Fernandez-Cantrell has served on several National ACF committees including “Access”. Currently she serves as the Western Region representative on the ACF National Elections committee. Please introduce yourself to her and let her know how she can assist you in your professional growth. She welcomes getting to know and serve you.
Dr. Eloise Fernandez Cantrell is committed to promoting service to others and helping Chefs achieve their personal goals in reaching their professional chef certifications from the American Culinary Federation.