Joel Hetrick

AUSTIN, Minn. — Dennis Goettsch, vice president of marketing for the foodservice division of Hormel Foods Corporation, and Dr. Victor Gielisse, associate vice president of The Culinary Institute of America, have announced the 16 chefs selected for the inaugural class of the Culinary Enrichment and Innovation Program, a new innovation-focused program created to build future culinary leaders.

Among the 16 is Joel Hetrick, who is a 25-year-old Sous Chef at the Classic Residence by Hyatt in Glenview. He is the son of Mary Jo Hetrick and hails from a military family. Both his grandfathers were cooks during World War II. He is also the lead singer in a Southern rock band called “The Steel Chops.”

CEIP is the result of a landmark partnership between Hormel Foods and the CIA, the world’s premier culinary college. The 18-month program consists of four rigorous three-day sessions, held at the CIA’s Hyde Park campus in New York. Participants will gain expert culinary perspectives on creativity, innovation, leadership and management in the culinary arts. This program is the first of its kind in the industry, addressing the specific needs of high potential chefs at the experience level of five or more years.