At Ball State Dining, you'll benefit from the creations of our well-trained and experienced chefs. Check out their profiles below.
Chef Allen White, a Muncie native, graduated from Johnson and Wales University with an associate degree in culinary arts. He joined the Ball State Dining staff in August 1997 as one of the first two chefs hired by the university. He supervises preparation and service in Noyer Centre, conducts departmental training, and showcases his talents while sharing cooking techniques at Cooking Live events.
White is a founding member of the Jersey Shore Chef Association and a charter member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF), East Central Indiana chapter. He has attended several ACF and National Association of College and University Food Service (NACUFS) regional and national conferences, competing in several culinary competitions. He has earned two bronze medals and an honorable mention in ACF hot food competitions.
Chef Jason Reynolds, a Muncie native, has been a member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF), East Central Indiana Chapter, since 1993. He is a 1994 graduate of Vincennes University, where he earned an associate degree in culinary arts. After graduation, he worked for the Radisson Hotel in Indianapolis and Woodland Country Club in Carmel, Indiana. In 1998, he traveled on a 13-day culinary educational tour of western France. In September 1998, he joined the Ball State Dining staff as sous chef and has worked at LaFollette Square, The Atrium, and his current post in the Student Center Tally Food Court, where you'll find him interacting with customers and serving his popular specialty lunch entrees at the Chef Station.
In September 2001, Reynolds earned the certification and title of certified chef de cuisine (CCC). He has attended a number of ACF and National Association of College and University Food Service (NACUFS) regional and national conferences, competing in several culinary competitions. He also has also served on the national committee for the NACUFS National Culinary Challenge competition, and ACF-sanctioned competition. In 2008, Reynolds won the NACUFS midwest region's Culinary Challenge and advanced to compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C. Reynolds also conducts departmental training and lends his talents to Cooking Live events.
Chef Shannon Eastes, a native of Anderson, Indiana, is a 1996 graduate of Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona, earning an associate degree in occupational studies in culinary arts. She has experience working in corporate dining and catering with Compass Group in accounts such as American Funds and Conseco. She also has worked for restaurants in the Muncie and Indianapolis areas, including Foxfires, Le Peep, and Macaroni Grill.
Eastes' experience at BSU includes several years as the chef in University Catering at Ball State. She is currently the chef in LaFollette Square, where her duties include supervising food preparation and service. In her hours away from the kitchen, she enjoys spending time with her children, sports, and working out.
Chef Stepfanie Miller, a Muncie native, graduated from Ivy
Tech Community College in 2011 with an associate degree in culinary arts. Chef
Miller started at Ball State in 2012 as a group leader at Quiznos. In 2013 she moved into the Chef position in Elliott Dining, where she supervises food production and
quality. Miller worked at several restaurants in the Muncie area
prior to coming to BSU, and she is a member of the American Culinary Federation’s
(ACF) East Central Indiana Chapter.
Chef Miller is currently attending Ball State part-time
to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Management.
Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her
husband searching flea markets and antique stores for interesting items. She
also enjoys playing with and walking her dogs.
Chef James Dowless graduated with an associate degree from the Baltimore International Culinary College in 1993. He has been a member of the American Culinary Federation since 1994. Prior to coming to Ball State, he owned The Fort Grille in Fortville, IN for 5 years and worked with two catering businesses.
Dowless joined the Ball State team in 2016 as the chef in Woodworth Commons. In 2017, he earned the prestigious distinction of certified executive chef (CEC) from the American Culinary Federation.
When he's not working with food, he is a drummer for his church as well as one of the world's biggest soccer fans!
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