College Professor up for National Award

MARQUETTE — A longtime professor at Northern Michigan University is up for an award that requires him to travel to Hawaii.

Christopher Kibit has spent the last 15 years of his life teaching Hospitality and Tourism Management classes at the university.
He is a semi–finalist for the Hermann G. Rusch Chef Achievement Award from the American Culinary Federation.

Kibit says the award recognizes the lifetime of work and the impact they’ve made in the culinary field.

“It’s quite an honor for me,” said Kibit. “I’m real excited to go to Hawaii; I never thought I would go. This award is one that you have to apply and then be approved to be one of the candidates. To be able to say that they accepted my credentials in terms of a lifetime achievement award, I’m really honored to have that.”

Kibit has been in the culinary industry for more than forty years in a variety of different settings. He started working on his skills when he was just 13-years-old by cooking for his parents.

Kibit heads to Hawaii this Friday for the ACF National Meeting that takes place Sunday through Wednesday.