JUNEAU - Carol Young, who has catered to former Presidents Carter and Clinton, Clint Eastwood and Joe Montana, recently started as the new general manager for University of Alaska Southeast campus dining, operated by NMS. Guests may sample Young's culinary skills at the UAS Community Day on Saturday or anytime at the Mourant Café at UAS.
"I'm delighted to be a member of the UAS campus community," Young said. "I look forward to sharing my cooking experiences from around the world with the students, faculty and staff here at UAS."
Before coming to UAS in January, Young honed her culinary skills in a variety of locations. Starting in the restaurant business as a short-order cook at the age of 15, Young began her formal training at the Culinary Institute in Washington D.C. which included an apprenticeship in Switzerland. She then went on to share her talents at a variety of locations including her own restaurant, the Pebble Beach Lodge, and Monterrey Bay area eateries where she served celebrities including Joe Montana and Clint Eastwood. Additional stops along the way included Air Force bases in Yakota, Japan and Belleville, Ill. As the executive chef for both the NATO headquarters and the Officers' Club at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, Young catered special events for both Carter and Clinton.
Young's extraordinary talent was acknowledged with the highest recognition a chef can receive - membership in the American Academy of Chefs of the American Culinary Federation. At the time she was nominated, Young was only one of 13 women among the 800 members to have attained this honor. Membership is by invitation only and requires a minimum of 15 years culinary experience, in which five must have been as an executive chef.