Meet Our Conference Chefs: David Bearl

Chef David Bearl, who will be baking at this year’s conference, became a member of the UF/IFAS team in December 2012 when he accepted a position as Visiting Associate in Regional Food Systems with the Program for Resource Efficient Communities.

Chef Bearl, who is extremely involved in Farm to School and Farm to Table, offers lectures on these topics in his new role. He has been certified as a culinary educator for over 20 years and was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs in 2010.

During his 35-year professional career, Chef Bearl  has earned the American Culinary Federation’s Certified Culinary Educator and Certified Chef de Cuisine credentials. He currently is employed by UF/IFAS and FDACS Florida Farm to School Partnership as the Statewide Coordinator for Culinary Education.


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Jose is the Small Farms Extension Coordinator for the University of Florida IFAS Extension. The UF/IFAS Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Extension Team is a collaboration of about 140 University State and County Faculty Extension across Florida.
The team works on supporting small and medium scale farms and strengthening local and regional food systems.

One Comment on “Meet Our Conference Chefs: David Bearl

  1.  by  Effie Pate

    Chef Bearl is a personal friend of mine and has always been an extraordinary person. I worked with Chef Bearl for several years and will always remember those years as being a high light in my career. Thanks David for all you are and have given.

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