Our Faculty & Staff
Our Faculty & Staff
Curriculum Developer/Chef Instructor
Culinary Operations Manager/Chef Instructor
Chef Ched Pagtakhan graduated from Triton College in Chicago and received his A.A.S. degree in Culinary Arts. He has over 22 years of diverse industry experience that includes management positions in luxury hotels, resorts, fine dining restaurants, high volume catering, corporate dining and culinary education. Chef Ched has been teaching culinary arts for over 11 years and was awarded the “2014 Culinary Educator of the Year” by the American Culinary Federation, Windy City Chapter for his work as Head of the Culinary Program at Triton College. He also owns and operates a local food truck business, Just Encased LLC, which focuses on scratch-made sausage sandwiches with distinct flavor profiles.
Edward Gutierrez, CEC
Chef Edward Gutierrez served in the United States Navy as a Culinary Specialist and has worked in over a dozen restaurants in the Fort Worth area and has 15+ years of experience in the culinary industry. Chef Gutierrez is a Certified Executive Chef®.
Chef Mark Hitri is a chef instructor at The Culinary School of Fort Worth and has worked as a Chef de Cuisine and Executive Chef at numerous high ranking restaurants including Saint Emilion, Vidalia’s, and Renaissance Worthington Hotel. Having worked in the culinary industry for over 25 years, Chef Hitri specializes in classic French cuisine, and looks to culinary masterminds such as Daniel Boulud, and Jacques Pepin for inspiration.
Chef Rosemary Pagtakhan attended Kendall College in Chicago and received her A.A.S. degree in Culinary Arts. She has over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry ranging from hotels, bakeries, senior care and education working in both front and back of the house. Chef Rosemary loves cooking and teaching both savory and sweet foods. Her background stems from French cuisine and pastries and includes different areas of hospitality management.
High School Outreach Coordinator
Chef Jason Avelson attended Tarleton State University and received his Bachelors of Applied Arts and Sciences with focuses in Education, Nutrition, and Business. He is a veteran of the Armed Forces and graduated at the top of his class from The Culinary School of Fort Worth. Chef Avelson specializes in student focused learning and southern comfort classics.
Josh worked in restaurants for 10 years, starting out in the front of the house before transitioning to the back of the house. He attended culinary school at San Diego Culinary Institute. He has worked at several restaurants throughout San Diego, Fort Worth and Dallas, as well as doing several catering jobs on the side for fun. He is currently attending UTA and studying Business Management and Marketing. He is classically French trained but really enjoys farm to table and seasonal menus as well as Japanese ingredients.
Scott received his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University. He has a background in operations, management and finance. He enjoys investing in his local community by serving as an elder at Fort Worth Presbyterian Church and serving in the past on the board of Covenant Classical School and as a trustee for The Fort Worth Employees’ Retirement Fund.
Scott is grateful to have three sons and a wonderful wife. His favorite pastime is heading down to Rockport, TX with the family where they enjoy the beach and some good salt-water fishing.
Director of Admissions
Amy is the Director of Admissions at The Culinary School of Fort Worth. She has lived in Texas her whole life and is proud to call it home.
Amy graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. She has a background in product development and customer service. She is excited to see how she can impact the culinary community and enjoy its creativity.
Amy enjoys making jewelry, gardening and spending time with family and friends. She shares her home with her lovable pet Maggie Mae (dog).
Director of Compliance & Financial Aid
Danielle graduated from Saint Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida and returned to Texas in 2013. She has a background in office management, compliance, and financials in both the electronic recycling and automotive industries.
She enjoys travelings, spending time with her wonderful family and friends, and loves being involved in the local culinary community.
Marketing & Content Manager
James is the Marketing and Social Media Manager at the Culinary School of Fort Worth. He grew up in North Haledon, New Jersey but is now happy to call Fort Worth home.
James graduated from TCU in May of 2017 with a FTDM-Sports Broadcasting Degree. He has a strong background in both radio and podcasting.
He enjoys traveling around the country to see his friends and family. His favorite pastime is attending movies and concerts.
Michele has lived all over the country, but she has lived in Fort Worth for 18 years and worked in administration for 30 years. She is active in her church: singing in the choir and mentoring ladies. In her free time she loves baking, making greeting cards, sewing and traveling with her husband Al. They have one daughter and a son-in-law.
Financial Aid Coordinator
Peter is the Financial Aid Coordinator at The Culinary School of Fort Worth. He was born and raised here in Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and then went on to obtain his Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Arlington. He has over ten years of experience in banking and finance as well as ten years of experience in the restaurant industry. He has a passion in helping others achieve their dreams of becoming a chef. In his free time, he volunteers at his church and at his son’s school. Peter enjoys cooking, history, and gardening, but most of all he loves spending time with his wife, young son, and his chihuahuas.
Brittney graduated from Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota in May 2019 and moved to Fort Worth shortly after. She has a background in office administration and customer service.
Brittney enjoys spending quality time with her fiancé, friends, and two cats. She also loves traveling up north to her hometown in Minnesota to see her family. In her free time, she likes traveling to new destinations, going on long evening walks, and trying new restaurants in the area.
Human Resources, The Mansion at Turtle Creek
Executive Chef, Mira Vista Country Club
Owner, Zenzero Kitchen
Dept Chair, Culinary Arts at Northside High School, FWISD
Patrick Mitchell CEC, AAC, FWMCS
Executive Chef/Culinary Advisor, Ben E. Keith Foods - DFW Division
General Manager, Reata
Owner, Just Encased