Chef of the Year 2022 - Tony Parker

Tony Parker CEC, AAC, ACE, has been named Chef of the Year for 2022. 

The “Chef of the Year” award is the most prestigious award a culinary professional can receive from The American Culinary Federation (ACF). Chef of the Year is a top honor presented to an individual who has been nominated by their peers and voted by a membership ballot.

Tony Parker is a Certified Executive Chef who currently is the lead Chef Instructor at Renton Technical College. In 2015, Chef Parker was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs honor society at the 44th Annual Induction dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando Florida. The AAC represents the highest standards of professionalism in our organization, society and industry. The Academy’s primary mission is to promote the education of all culinarians by mentoring, awarding scholarships to students seeking a future in the culinary industry, and by providing grants to professional working chefs looking to further their careers.

Building on the skills he developed as an owner, Tony returned to the Seattle area and focused on perfecting his culinary skills in French, Chinese and Greek Cuisines. He continued his career opening up a new construction Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites as the Food and Beverage Manager and Executive Chef for the property. Then he became the F & B Manager for Six Flags, Inc. and then spent 13 years with Compass group at Boeing starting as an executive chef of the Renton plant, then F & B of the Auburn plant, then GM of Kent Space Center, then District catering manager followed by Quality Assurance Manager for Boeing National Accounts. For the last seven plus years, Chef Parker has been instructing at Renton Technical College giving back to young culinarians just like he received when he was in school.

During Tony’s over 43 years of working experience he became a master ice sculptor and has won numerous International Ice Competition medals. In addition, Tony has proven to be a leader by successfully captaining a team representing the USA at five World Ice Art Championships in Alaska.

Chef Parker owns Tony Parker Enterprises LLC and operates Tony’s Ice Creations, The Fire and Ice Experience and The Dog House Concession on his weekends and is currently developing a teaching school for Ice carving lessons coupled with an evening of Italian wood fired pizza and appetizers.

Chef Parker has served on numerous positions for the Washington State Chefs Association Board including, certification chair, fundraising chair, Treasurer, President, Chairman of the Board and recently elected as a trustee. The WSCA and Renton Technical College are partners with The ACF Culinary Arts Apprenticeship program. Chef Parker is the Culinary Arts Apprenticeship Coordinator for this partnership training agreement. Chef Parker serves on numerous boards including Skills USA, Governors Inaugural Ball Board, and Sumner/Bonney Lake School District CTC Board.

Chef Parker is a professional member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs and has been involved with their local and regional Jeunes Chefs Rotisseurs Competitions for years, helping to organize and host the competitions at RTC. 

Read Tony Parker’s entire bio on his Member Spotlight page.

The Chef of the Year Award was given at the February 2023 Presidents Awards Dinner. For more info on the dinner, pictures and other rewards given, click here…