Chef Bill Twaler has been selected for the role of director at Greenville Technical College’s Truist Culinary and Hospitality Innovation Center (CHI). Twaler has been a vital member of the CHI team for the past year and has played an instrumental role in developing, promoting, and delivering Quick Jobs programs there, giving graduates entry-level skills for the culinary field in a matter of weeks.
The center aims to match the employment needs of downtown Greenville’s restaurants and hotels for entry-level employees with the need of West Greenville residents for education that prepares them for employment opportunities and success. In addition, the course roster includes continuing education for culinary and hospitality professionals, personal interest classes, and team building opportunities.
An experienced restaurant chef and owner dedicated to educating the next generation of chefs, restauranteurs, and hoteliers, Twaler completed his MSE in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Kansas and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Johnson and Wales University.
Twaler was recently named a 2021 South Carolina Hospitality Educator award winner and a 2021 Upstate Hospitality Educator award winner by the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association. He previously received the State Hospitality Educator award in 2016. Certified as an Executive Chef with the American Culinary Federation since 2011, Twaler was named 2016 National Educator of Excellence by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. He served as a chef for a James Beard House dinner in 2019 and coached the winning team in the South Central Region for a 2018 Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Jeune Commis Competition. He served as a safari chef in Zimbabwe in 1998 and was an apprentice with Culinary Team USA at the Culinary Olympics in 1996.