Jeff White, CEC
Jeff White, CEC, CESP, is the Corporate Executive Chef for Phoenix Marketing, Inc. He has been involved in the food service industry in numerous capacities as a Chef, Manager, Food and Beverage Director, and Sales support for many hotels, restaurants, private clubs, corporations, and food and equipment manufacturers since the 1980s. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in HR&I Management from Johnson & Wales University in 1993. He is certified as a Food Service Professional through the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers and as a Certified Executive Chef through the ACF. He is an active member of the American Culinary Federation, School Nutrition Association, and the Association of Healthcare Foodservice. Jeff has been married to Amy White, CEC, for the past 28 years and together they have one son, Joshua. Jeff and Any together have owned their own catering company for the 20 years.
Matt Jarson is the Executive Chef at the All American Picnic Company and an adjunct instructor at Ivy Tech Community College. He grew up in the industry, first learning to cook in his family's restaurant before studying political science at Indiana University. After working for three campaigns he returned to the family business and eventually took the role of kitchen manager. In 2012, the family business transitioned to a full time catering company where he would become Sous Chef and then Executive Chef in 2016. He currently teaches the catering management course at Ivy Tech.
Amy White, CEC
Any earned her BS in Food Service Management from Johnson and Wales University in 1993. It was there that she met her husband of 28 years, Jeff White, CEC, CFSP. Her early career was spent working in the kitchens at country clubs and resorts in Ohio and South Carolina. Upon moving to Indianapolis, she and Chef started a catering company together over 20 years ago and also worked as a personal and private chef for families within the greater Indianapolis area. While continuing to cater, she began working with the Zionsville Community Schools as their Food Service Production Manager during which time she earned her certification as a School Nutrition Specialist in 2014 and then a Certified Executive Chef in 2017.
As the authority on cooking in America since 1929, ACF is the premier professional chefs’ organization in North America with more than 20,000 members in more than 225 chapters. The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), a professional, organization for chefs and cooks, was founded in 1929 in New York city by three chefs’ organizations: the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, the Vatel Club and the Chefs de Cuisine Association of America. Since our inception, little has changed in our principal goals. We are an organization based on promoting the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education of culinarians at all levels.
“To unite food service professionals, students and food enthusiasts in Indianapolis by embracing personal and professional growth through networking, education and certification.”