Director, Food and Hospitality Institute
Steve DeShazo started working in restaurants in 1983 at age 15 for JJ Muggs, an old Steak and Ale concept in Mesquite, making onion rings, pico de gallo and guacamole for 40 hours a week one summer. Steve has loved the restaurant industry ever since.
After serving in the U.S. Navy for five years as a cook aboard the USS Guadalcanal, he returned to Dallas. He worked as a cost accountant at Best Brands, Inc., a bakery supply manufacturer and distributor, while he finished a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Amberton University in Garland. After four years as an accountant and controller, he returned to the food business by owning and operating Gourmet on the Go, a personal chef and catering service, from 1998-2003.
Steve's career as an educator began in 2003 at Wylie High School in Wylie. In 2011 he accepted a position to develop a four-year career academy in Northwest ISD on the campus of Byron Nelson High School. His record of creating outstanding student results and successes speaks for itself. His students have consistently performed at high levels in ProStart and SkillsUSA competitions, winning the ProStart National Restaurant Management Competition in 2012. In 2013 and 2014, his ProStart Culinary Arts team was respectively ranked sixth and seventh in the nation. He has maintained strong ties to the industry by serving on several boards of directors and is widely regarded as an expert in the field of culinary education and administration.
He is a certified executive chef through the American Culinary Federation and a certified foodservice management professional through the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. During his eight years in Wylie, he was recognized as the high school Teacher of the Year and Wylie ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year. He also was an HEB Grocery Company Excellence in Education statewide semifinalist, was a recipient of the 2009 Time Warner Cable National Teacher award and received the 2010 ProStart Educator Training and Development award. During his time at Northwest ISD, he was named the 2012 Texas Chef's Association Educator of the Year and 2013 ACF Central Region Chef Educator of the Year.
He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana, and serves on the boards of several industry and educational organizations.