Dubbed "Jay Z" by his peers during his professional training at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., Chef Jay Z taps the power of InHarvest's exotic and heirloom grains and blends to stimulate all of the senses. He works personally with chef customers and operators to help them capitalize on the singular qualities of InHarvest products to increase sales by heightening the dining experience. His focused recipe development is based on existing and forecasted menu trends, evolving customer demand and seasonal and regional ingredients. Certified by the American Culinary Federation as an executive chef (CEC), Chef Jay Z spearheaded his ACF chapter's contribution to the USDA's Chefs Move to Schools with "5 a Day the Color Way in Charlotte." The program, which relies on chef volunteers and donated foods, has become a model for other ACF chapters to get involved with schools in their communities and teach kids to appreciate whole, fresh foods and their origins and make healthful choices throughout their lives. Chef Jay Z currently serves as president of the American Culinary Federation Chefs of Charlotte Inc. He was honored by the ACF with a 2016 Cutting Edge Award, which is presented to a select group of chefs annually in recognition of their leadership and service to the culinary profession.