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Chef Melanie Abu-Nameh brings rich and varied industry and teaching experiences to the classroom in her capacity as Chef Instructor. A highly successful Kirkwood Community College Culinary Arts graduate herself, Chef’s industry experiences include such senior management positions as the Director of Food and Beverage at Kirkwood’s AAA Four Diamond rated full service hotel property The Hotel at Kirkwood, and as the inaugural Executive Chef at that same property. Responsibilities between these two positions included management of campus catering and oversight of The Café, the high-volume on-campus food and beverage outlet. Prior to these leadership positions Chef gained extensive off-site catering experience in the capacity of Kitchen Manager with Hy-Vee Food Stores.

In addition to her Culinary Arts Degree, Chef’s Business Administration Bachelor’s Degree is from Mount Mercy University. Chef Abu-Nameh is unique amongst the Hospitality instructional team as this is her second stint as a full-time Chef Instructor within the Department, having spent six years in that position prior to the Executive Chef appointment at The Hotel at Kirkwood.