by Malcolm Jolley

John Walker is the 2012 recipient of the Ontario Hostelry Institute’s Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award, to be awarded at the OHI’s annual Gold Awards Gala, March 22.  He is also, of course, the Dean of George Brown College’s Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts – though he has announced his retirement for this year, having served from 2000.  I sat down to talk to him for the video interview below to talk about his role in the founding of Rundles and the Stratford Chef’s School, the transformation of George Brown as an international centre of culinary excellence under his leadership and what the future holds for hospitality education, as well as what he thinks may have been some of the secrets to his success.

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GFR videos are generously sponsored by a grant from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company. Malcolm Jolley is a founding editor of Good Food Revolution and Executive Director of Good Food Media, the non-profit organization that publishes GFR. Photo: John Gundy.