Colleagues, students and friends gathered Jan. 26 in Careme’s for a memorial tribute to retired Chef Educator George Richert, who passed away in November.
George was born in Alsace, France, and worked his way through Switzerland and Canada before coming to the United States, where he held positions with Canteen Corp. in Chicago and Caesars Atlantic City before beginning his 30-year career at the ACA.
Rather than just transferring information to his students, which he found uninteresting for all involved, George loved the back and forth interaction between him and his classes and among the students. He always encouraged teamwork, involving each of his future chefs in the learning process and insisting they learn by “association and comparison;” that is constantly connecting the new information to what they’d already learned.
He was selected for Who’s Who Among America’s teachers four times and was voted Teacher of the Year by ACA students numerous times.
Each year, George took students on a trip to the province of Alsace in France for co-op credit, and he found this one of the most rewarding parts of his career. After his retirement from the college on July 1, 2011, and as his final act as a full-time Chef Educator, he led a trip to France with Chef Joseph Sheridan and Chef Paul Lange.