Instructor Biography: Bill Barber
Chef Bill Barber is certified as an Executive Chef by the American Culinary Federation and has been teaching and coordinating the OCC Culinary Program since January of 1990. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York (AOS 1983). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the New England Culinary Institute in Hospitality and Restaurant Management. Since starting in the profession in 1978 he has held positions of dishwasher, pot-washer, prep cook, line cook, sous-chef, chef de cuisine, executive chef and chef consultant. Chef Barber has worked in country clubs, restaurants, hotels, catering and even as a personal chef. In 1996 Chef Barber (as the Captain of the California Culinary Team) traveled to the International Culinary Olympics in Berlin Germany and earned a team international silver medal and individual bronze medal. He has mentored and coached dozens of students in American Culinary Federation hot and cold food competition. 20 years ago he created the Orange Coast College Hot Food Team and over the years has coached and managed the team to its current national prominence.