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RCA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

This award is given to an individual who has achieved industry-wide recognition, if not mainstream recognition, for their lifetime achievements in Culinology®. To earn this honor, an individual must have significantly influenced the food industry and/or the consumer market through their career. Nominees must be veterans (at least 25 years) in the food industry serving as an inspiration to others in the industry.

2017

Michael Joy
Park 100 Foods

2016*

Jeff Cousminer

2013

Chef John D. Folse 

2012

Michael Holleman
InHarvest 

2010

Dr. Jerald Chesser, CEC, FMP, CCE, AAC
The Collins College of Hospitality Management California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 

2009 

Nick Spinelli, Jr., CEC
Kraft Foods Global 

2008

Robert Okura
The Cheesecake Factory, Inc. 

2007

Michael Minor
Custom Culinary 

2005

Paul Prudhomme
Magic Seasoning Blends 

2004

Jacques Pepin, Chef and Author

*The RCA Lifetime Achievement Award was not presented in 2014 or 2015.