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Mr. Wolf

C. David Wolf

Executive Chef, The Blackwell Inn & Conference Center

C. David Wolf CEC, AAC is an American Culinary Federation Certified Executive Chef for The Blackwell Inn and Conference Center, a highly respected Summit luxury hotel catering to upscale transient executive education guests and the discerning business traveler. The Blackwell Inn has been positioned number one in the city of Columbus for annual guest room occupancy year over year. Chef Wolf's interest in cooking began at age 14 where he helped to prepare traditional Italian cuisine in his grandmother's kitchen. His first restaurant position at age 16 launched his lifelong career in culinary arts. Previous to Chef Wolf's position with the Blackwell he was Executive Chef with the Global Hyatt Hotel Corporation for 23 years holding positions at the Hyatt Regency, Hyatt on Capitol Square and Hyatt's luxury brand at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, registered as a National Historic Landmark. Chef Wolf has prior restaurant positions throughout Columbus and in Cincinnati Ohio. Chef Wolf's education took place at La Varenne Ecole d'Cuisine, Paris France, The International School of Confectionery Arts, The Culinary Institute of America, St. Helena, and The Greenbrier, White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. He is a member of The American Culinary Federation, World Association of Cooks, the James Beard Foundation and the esteemed Commanderie des Costes du Rhone. Locally, Chef Wolf holds a seat on the Columbus State Community College Advisory Board. He is the Columbus Chapter Chairman of the American Culinary Federation Apprenticeship Committee and is serving a four-year term as Vice President Columbus Chapter American Culinary Federation. March 2008 Chef Wolf received the prestigious Presidential Medallion for years of committed dedication to the American Culinary federation and training of apprentices in culinary arts. In May 2008, he participated in a-hands on continued education culinary tour of Sicily, Italy from east coast to west with a keen focus on the “slow food” movement. Upon his return was honored with the American Culinary Federation Columbus Chapter 2008 Chef of the year award. In August of 2010 Chef Wolf was inducted in the American Culinary Federations' American Academy of Chefs, a prestigious honor society, hall of fame for the peer-respected colleagues in the food service industry today. In April 2012, Chef Wolf received recognition for Chef Professionalism from the American Culinary Federation representing the Northeast Region.

Mr. Wolf can be contacted at 614-535-7803 or wolf.522@osu.edu

Coming up in March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.