Kroger’s very own Chef John Syzmanski was inducted into the Georgia Grown Executive Chef class of 2015 by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA). Syzmanski joins an elite group of four chefs who were recognized at the GRA Taste of Georgia Legislative Reception, held on Feb. 18 at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in Atlanta.
The program – now entering its fourth year – seeks to promote the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s “Georgia Grown” campaign to support local, seasonal foods across the state. It also aims to highlight and encourage public school culinary education and food nutrition.
“As we welcome another group of talented chefs into this distinguished program, we continue to further promote and foster relationships between Georgia farms and local chefs,” says Gary Black, Georgia agriculture commissioner. “Georgia has an ample amount of quality, local products that are available throughout the cooking season and these great products can continue to be showcased to the state’s culinary community via the Georgia Grown Executive Chef program.”
“We are incredibly proud of Chef John for his accomplishment,” says Glynn Jenkins, director of communications and public relations for Kroger’s Atlanta Division. “His participation in this program will add to his already immense wealth of knowledge and will greatly benefit our customers and associates.”
Syzmanski joined Kroger in 1996. During his more than 18 years with the grocer, he has driven Deli and Bakery operations to new heights with his involvement in the Chef, Sushi and Starbucks programs. Syzmanski currently holds the credential of “Professional in Food Safety” from the National Environmental Health Association.
The 2015 class includes, Chef Matthew Basford of Canoe in Atlanta, Chef Cathy Conway of Avalon Catering in Atlanta and Chef Jay Swift of 4th in Swift in Atlanta. The chefs will participate in a spring and fall school event, an organized farm tour, at least one seasonal cooking clip with the Department of Agriculture and at least one Georgia Grown cooking event.
Kroger’s Atlanta Division is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and is one of the Southeast’s largest retail grocery chains with over 185 stores covering, Georgia, Eastern Alabama and South Carolina. Kroger was recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in the U.S. The Company focuses its charitable efforts on hunger relief, K-12 education, women’s health initiatives and local organizations in the communities it serves. For more information about Kroger, please visit www.kroger.com