Chef Joe Kennedy
Executive Chef – Mayfield Inn & Suites
Born in Ireland, Joe completed his primary education there. As tourism and the hospitality industry were starting to boom in Ireland at that time, JK decided that was the path he would follow. Cooking being his passion, he choose to take Chef’s Apprenticeship Training in Athenry College (“AC”), Galway.
After completing a two year intense course at AC, he gained further experience in different hotels and hospitality destinations in Dublin such as Intercontinental, Jury’s, and Oppermans Golf and Country Club. In the mid 1970’s he and his wife decided to immigrate to Canada and arrived in Edmonton to his first position as Sous Chef at the MacDonald under Chef Bruno Wuest.
In ~1990, he moved to his current position at the Mayfield Inn & Suites where he has been the Executive Chef for the past 20 years. Joe is a long standing member of the Canadian Federation of Chef’s de Cuisine and a past organizational member of the Alberta Food Processors Associations’ annual event: the “Feastival of Fine Chefs”
He is a recipient of the Alberta Hotel Associations’ Gold Key Award, and is a Certified Chef de Cuisine. Joe is currently Chairman of NAITs Culinary Arts Advisory Committee.