For the second time in his career, Saint Paul College Culinary Arts instructor, Chef Nathan Sartain, has been recognized for excellence in teaching. Last month, Sartain was named the 2015 Educator of the Year by the American Culinary Federation Minneapolis Chef’s Chapter. In 2012, Chef Sartain was named a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Outstanding Educator for exceptional professional accomplishment and excellence in instruction that prepares students for their professional careers and services to their community.
Sartain started his teaching career at Saint Paul College in 2005 after earning his Associate in Occupational Studies Degree in Culinary Arts from Western Culinary Institute in Portland, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Management from Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul. He has also worked professionally in all facets of the culinary industry – from leading kitchens in award-winning fine dining to catering feature film sets and photo shoots across the American West.
It is Chef Sartain’s passion for preparing healthy, sustainable meals and sharing that passion with his students that sets him apart from other instructors in the industry. He believes that chefs have the ability to change the conventional food system by being a conscious consumer, and works that philosophy into his teachings.