Carl Conway


Chef Carl G. Conway is a Clinical Professional Instructor in the Purdue University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.  In this role he instructs and advises students in the program’s capstone course, HTM 49200.  Prior to coming to Purdue, Chef Conway served as Director of Training for Second Helpings, Inc., a nonprofit food rescue, job training, and hunger relief organization in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Chef’s food odyssey began in his home town of Jackson, Mississippi, when he started cooking along with Julia Child’s PBS program every Sunday afternoon at the tender age of five.  From that early age, he has always been drawn to the sights, sounds, and smells of the kitchen.

Chef Conway spent a distinguished 22-year career in the United States Army, culminating in his serving as the Command Sergeant Major of the 106th Transportation Battalion at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.   After retiring from the military, Chef Conway began his formal culinary training as an apprentice at the prestigious Gaylord Opryland Hotel Culinary Institute in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Chef Conway has broad and varied range of experience and achievements in all phases of foodservice operations, including owning and operating an award winning catering company, winning the People’s Choice Award as Best New Restaurant for The Cumberland Grille, to managing large institutional foodservice outlets, to working with celebrity chefs as the culinary supervisor for the E.W. Scripps Corporation’s Shop-At-Home Television Network. 

In 2005, Chef Conway was named Chef of the Year by the Clarksville Chapter of the American Culinary Federation, where he served two terms as chapter President.


  • Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee
    Bachelor of Science, Public Management
  • Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee
    Bachelor of Science, Foodservice Management
  • Gaylord Opryland Hotel Culinary Institute/Volunteer State Community College Nashville, TN - 
    ACF Culinary Apprenticeship Program, 2000-2001
  • University of Maryland (Europe Campus), Heidelberg, Germany
    Associate of Arts, General Studies (Language Concentration), 1985

Professional Experience

  • Clinical Professional Instructor – Purdue University HTM, June 2011 - Present
  • Chef/Owner - Cooking Up a Storm, July 2000 – Present
  • Director of Training – Second Helpings, Inc., 2006 – 2010
  • Kitchen Supervisor – Shop at Home Television Network, 2004 - 2006
  • Adjunct Instructor – Austin Peay State University 2003 – 2006
  • Cook Supervisor – U.S. Army Garrison, Ft. Campbell, KY, 2003 - 2004
  • Cook – The Cumberland Grille, 2001 – 2002
  • Culinary Apprentice – Gaylord Opryland Hotel, 2000 – 2001
  • Senior Transportation Supervisor, U.S. Army, 1977 - 2000

Professional and Community Acitivites, Certifications, and Awards

  • ACF Certified Executive Chef (CEC)
  • NRAEF Certified Foodservice Management Professional (FMP)
  • Certified Food Safety Manager (ServSafe)
  • Certified ServSafe Instructor and Registered ServSafe Examination Proctor
  • ServSafe Alcohol Service Certification
  • President, American Culinary Federation Clarksville, Tennessee Chapter (2005-2006)
  • Chef of the Year, American Culinary Federation Clarksville, Tennessee Chapter (2005)
  • Secretary, Public Relations /Media Chair, and Newsletter Editor, American Culinary
    Federation Clarksville, Tennessee Chapter (2001-2005)
  • Member, Indianapolis Public Schools Vocational Education Advisory Board (2007-2010)
  • Member, Walker Career Center Culinary Training Advisory Board (2007-2010)
  • Member, Community Reentry Advisory Board (2006-2010)
  • Award for Distinguished Achievement in Professions, Center for Leadership Development (2007)
  • Chair, Chef and Child Program for the American Culinary Federation Middle 
    Tennessee Student Chapter (2000)
  • Instructor of the Year, U.S. Army Eighth Training Brigade (1995)
  • Finalist - Instructor of the Year,  U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (1995)
  • Distinguished Graduate, Defense EO Leadership Trainers’ Course (1993)
    Distinguished Graduate, U.S. Army Instructors’ Training Course (1992)
  • Distinguished Graduate, TRADOC Small Group Instructors’ Course (1992)

Carl Conway

Clinical Professional Instructor

Marriott Hall, Room 153E
Purdue University
900 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2115

Phone: (765) 496-7282
Fax: (765) 494-0327

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