Culinary Arts Professionals
Chef Lawrence Perry
Chef Lawrence Perry, M.S., Program Director for the Hospitality Management Program at Mountwest Community & Technical College, began his culinary career in 2002. Chef Perry served as Executive Director for Mountain Bounty Kitchen, a small business incubator that assisted individuals in starting food-based businesses. Chef Perry oversaw the construction of a 14,000 square foot, $3.2 million food processing facility that was made available to food entrepreneurs to help them fulfill their dreams of being their own boss. The Mountwest Community & Technical College culinary arts program has now moved into that facility as its new culinary campus, the Mountwest Center for Culinary Arts.
Under the direction of Chef Perry, the culinary arts program at Mountwest has seen exponential growth. The former Cooking & Culinary Institute was created as the practical lab experience for student chefs where they prepared, cooked and served meals while instructing non-credit culinary courses for the public as a method of outreach for the college and to prepare students for interaction with the public.
Students now receive additional lab experience via instruction at the Mountwest Café located on Mountwest’s main campus. Students assist in the daily operation of breakfast and lunch service for the college’s student body, faculty and staff. Future offerings will also include both on-site and off-site caterings for the public.
Chef Perry graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management, followed by a degree in Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts. He received his Master of Science degree from Marshall University, specializing in Adult and Technical Education, Training and Development in 2009.
Chef Perry served as Sous Chef on the Mountwest Culinary Arts team that competed in and won the “Throwdown” category of the 8th Annual Cast Iron Cook Off competition held at The Greenbrier in February 2013 and won the Grand Champion award at the 7th Annual “Cast Iron Cook Off” Open Division competition in 2012.
Chef Perry has served as Sanitation and Safety Judge for the WVHEAT ProStart Hospitality Cup for eight years. He also worked closely with Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver during the filming of his television series “Food Revolution.” Chef Perry provided educational instructions, training and motivational meetings for the residents of Huntington, W.Va., who wished to change their lives by modifying unhealthy eating habits.
Chef Perry is active in numerous community non-profit groups and serves on several committees. He enjoys traveling, photography, swimming, and of course, good food and good company.
Mountwest Community Technical College, Mountwest Café
One Mountwest Way
Huntington, WV 25701