Meet Our Winning Team
The Culinary Arts Institute at LCCC is lead by a team of chefs with global training, experience and expertise that spans the culinary industry.
Chef Adam Schmith
Chef Adam Schmith is Director of The Culinary Arts Institute for Lorain County Community College and the primary instructor for students enrolled in the culinary arts associate degree program.
A graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island and Cleveland, Ohio native, he joined the college in 2012. Through his career experiences he has developed extensive skills and techniques in a wide variety of cuisines from local to global influences.
As a working chef, his resume includes top positions with the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, premier restaurants, country clubs and resorts as well as a private chef for numerous celebrities.
With a passion and focus on culinary education, he is the liaison with each individual that joins the culinary program and assists in guiding them through their development with Lorain County Community College.
He is affiliated with the American Culinary Federation, Ohio Restaurant Association and various local and statewide vocational centers.
Chef Chase Wilcox
Chef Chase Wilcox is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He began his culinary career at the age of 15, bussing tables in a historic fine dining restaurant in Albuquerque. After about three months, Chase persuaded the Chef to give him a shot in the kitchen. He remained there, rising to the level of Executive Chef by the age of 25, at which point, he decided to attend culinary school at Western Culinary Institute in Portland Oregon.
After graduation from culinary school, Chef Wilcox interned for Chef Francesco Martorella in Philadelphia, and then returned to New Mexico as Executive Chef at The Georgia O’Keefe Café in Santa Fe.
During his professional career Chef Wilcox has been a corporate chef for the Catskill restaurant company and additional hotels in the Vail/Beaver Creek valley in Colorado. He also spent many years in the Bay area. Chef Wilcox has worked from coast to coast across the United States, picking up influences from every region. Being from the Southwest, chiles have heavily influenced his palate, and find their way into as many creations as they can.
In 2008, Chef Wilcox opened his own restaurant WestChase Grille with longtime friend and business partner John Westerhaus in Kansas City. WestChase Grille was well received in the area and picked up numerous awards including several Wine Spectator Awards.
In 2011, Chef Chase Wilcox relocated to Ohio where he met his wife Heidi and had their daughter Oona Jean. He is currently bringing the many culinary experiences he has obtained to his position as Executive Chef at Lorain County Community College.
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Culinary Arts Institute
1005 N. Abbe Rd. Elyria, OH 44035