Ordre des Palmes Académiques - Robert Anderson
April 9, 2016. Robert Anderson, professor and chef at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), home of the Iowa Culinary Institute since 1974, was awarded the prestigious Ordre des Palmes Académiques by Deputy Consul Quitterie de Bernardi on the occasion of the Fleur de Lys Gala, for his outstanding services to the promotion of the French culinary arts and French culture as a whole.
Deputy Consul Quitterie de Bernardi Remarks:
Robert Anderson has been a professor and chef at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), home of the Iowa Culinary Institute since 1974. He studied in the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York, and has since become a renowned award-winning chef; he has been named Chef of the Year twice by the Great Des Moines Chefs Association, and has been awarded Outstanding Professor at DMACC. He is also a member of the Golden Toque, a group of the top one hundred chefs in the United States.
In 1986, Robert Anderson started a partnership with the Association of Chefs in the Loire Valley, in Saint-Etienne, the French sister city to Des Moines. Each year since, chefs from the association have been coming for two weeks in January to participate in culinary conferences and share their savoir-faire on with students and chefs of the Iowa Culinary Institute. In exchange, students of the Iowa Culinary Institute spend 12 days in France to develop their techniques and knowledge of French cuisine, attend classes, and really get to know French culture. Since the beginning of the exchange program, over 300 students have participated in these exchanges with France. From that point forward, these students were ambassadors of the art of French cuisine. This program would not have existed if not for the dedication of Robert Anderson.
Taking into consideration the personal and professional commitment of Robert Anderson to the long-standing, 30 year exchange program and all of his efforts to promote the culture of French culinary art, it is clear to me that his nomination as Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques is well deserved.