Champe Speidel '00, chef/proprietor of Persimmon and Persimmon Provisions, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Culinary Arts at the 2016 JWU Commencement ceremony in Providence.
Chef Speidel is extremely giving of his time and frequently returns to campus to lecture, judge competitions and otherwise offer his wealth of expertise as a 6-time James Beard Award nominee for Best Chef: Northeast. (He also drums in a chef-centric rock band with fellow alum Derek Wagner '99 of Nicks on Broadway.)
He and wife Lisa Harrison Speidel recently moved their restaurant Persimmon from a 40-seat space in Bristol, RI, to a larger space in Providence formerly occupied by Rue de L’Espoir. Here he speaks about his career arc and offers advice to the next generation of cooks.