NAME: Charles Redmon
CULINARY SCHOOL AFFILIATION: Ivy Tech Community College, Muncie, IN
Chef Charles Redmon planned on making a career out of the military after he enlisted in the US Army in 1995. His plan however was cut short by an injury after just over 12 years of being an Infantryman / Combat Lifesaver. Now permanently out of the military, Chef Redmon needed to find a new career path. He was approved by the Veterans Administration to go back to school for training for vocational rehabilitation which is when culinary arts piqued his interest.
Having had some previous food and beverage experience working in professional kitchens prior to enlisting, he believed getting a degree in culinary arts would be just what he needed to get his new career started. After enrolling at Ivy Tech Community College in Muncie, Indiana, Charles began his academic pursuit in their new culinary arts / hospitality management degree program.
It was at Ivy Tech that Charles met his mentor Chef David Kain who was influential in motivating Charles to pursue his American Culinary Federation’s Certified Executive Chef (CEC). He also helped him get his culinary internship at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. After graduating, Chef Redmon has had several executive chef’s positions in the health care side of the industry, including his current position. He also continues to operate his catering company, “Veteran’s Catering”, part time.