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Robert Stegall-Smith, CEC, AAC

Corporate Executive Chef PERFORMANCE Foodservice - IFH Florence

Chef Robert Stegall-Smith is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and holds a Masters in Hospitality Administration from UNLV. His background includes experience in fine dining, private clubs, colleges and universities, B&I and healthcare before assuming the corporate chef position for IFH in 1996. Chef Robert has been recognized by the American Culinary Federation as a certified executive chef since 1997, and was inducted into The American Academy of Chefs in 2005.

Chef Robert is a past president of the Midlands Chapter of the ACF and serves as the ACF Chair on the South Carolina Hospitality Association’s Education Committee. Chef was the first place winner in the 1999 S.C. School Lunch Challenge, the first place winner in the 1999 ACF Midlands Hot Food Competition, and took first place in the 2000 South Carolina Taste of Elegance. Chef Stegall-Smith took an ACF Gold Medal in the 2011 Adluh Grits Mystery Basket competition. Chef Robert was named the 2000 Chef of the Year in the Midlands, and the 2004 Chef of the Year in Florence.

Chef Robert was named the 2013 Chef of the Year in the Midlands and received the 2013 Richard M. Lee Culinarian of the Year award. Chef Robert has been part of the Culinary Certificate program at the University of South Carolina since its inception and also serves as a subject matter expert for ECPI University.