March 5—Tim Fetter, CEC, executive chef for Parkhurst Dining Services at Highmark Pittsburgh, has been named Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation’s Laurel Highlands Chapter, based in Youngwood, Pa.
Chef of the Year is presented to an individual who has been nominated by their peers and selected by a vote of the membership, according to a company press release. Fetter was presented with the honor at the chapter’s dinner awards ceremony, recently held at Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood.
A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Fetter recently completed the steps to become Parkhurst’s first certified executive chef. Fetter started with Parkhurst in 2005 as sous chef at Saint Vincent College. He was promoted in 2007 to executive chef at Highmark Pittsburgh. Fetter was integral to redesigning Highmark’s menus to reflect a healthier lifestyle. He also was an important player in starting a Community Supported Agriculture program at Parkhurst, which creates opportunities for smaller farms to sell and deliver fresh produce to clients’ associates and other guests. Fetter is a member of the Parkhurst Culinary Advisory Board and Local Advisory Board, and also serves as an advisory board member of the Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts Pittsburgh Campus, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and Slow Foods USA.