Shawn Bucher

Chef, Author, Consultant, Host of the Business Chef Podcast

Chef Shawn holds business degrees and certificates in Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Accounting and Professional Sales. He has won numerous awards and worked in most aspects of the foodservice industry as a chef, teacher, manager and consultant for both local and national restaurants, arenas, schools, hospitals and hotels.

He is a Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) through the International Association of Culinary Professionals, a Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and a Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) through The American Culinary Federation.

Chef Shawn has a love for leading and teaching, both professionally as a former Chef Instructor for The International Culinary Schools at the Art Institute, and for individual cooking classes at various kitchen stores around the country. He is the author of The First Timer’s Cookbook and The First Timer’s Bakebook. Chef Shawn is passionate about teaching and is an active mentor in the national high school cooking program Prostart. He is the recipient of the 2015 Culinary Educator of the Year award from the Beehive State chef’s chapter of the American Culinary Federation.

Prior to joining DM&A in 2012 as a Success Coach, Chef Shawn worked with industry leading equipment manufactures as a support chef, traveling across the country to assist everyone from local independent foodservice outlets to national restaurant chains with research and development and general support. The roles that he continues in today are to: bring hospitality to healthcare, assist in developing new foodservice concepts, and fix struggling operations.

Chef Shawn Article“Strategies for Managing Today’s Foodservice Workforce”
EDGE Magazine

Reading Strategies for Managing Today’s Foodservice Workforce and successfully completing online questions has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education for CDM, CFPPs. CE credit is available ONLINE ONLY. To earn 1 CE hour, access the online CE quiz in the ANFP Marketplace. Visit www.ANFPonline.org/market, select “Publication,” then select “CE article” at left, then search the title “Strategies for Managing Today’s Foodservice Workforce,” purchase the article, and complete the CE quiz.


  1. Get synchronized on culinary knowledge, methods, protocols and procedures in healthcare.
  2. Increase teamwork and camaraderie.
  3. Improve food quality and presentation.

Perfect for all culinary skills sets.  Whether you are a cook or an Executive Chef learn the latest in:

  • Knife Skills
  • Tasting & Seasoning
  • Roasting & Braising
  • Five Mother Sauces
  • Steaming & Poaching
  • Food Safety/ServSafe
  • Presentation
  • Organization
  • Equipment
  • Catering

Chef Shawn will assess the level of your team.


Chef Shawn will work with your team to improve their culinary knowledge.


Arrange for Chef Shawn to come to your facility.

    ON TV

    Chef Shawn Bucher Shares One of His Recipes
    on KRQE News 13 New Mexico Living


    Business Chef Blog

    Shawn Bucher hosts the Business Chef Podcast. 

    Listen to world-class chefs and food service professionals talk about business, innovations, their successes and their failures.



    “First let me say, Destination 10 and Chef Shawn are the best things that have ever happened to me in my life! I had no sense of purpose or passion for culinary until Chef Shawn and his team taught me to be more than just a line cook. Chef Shawn and the Healthcare Culinary Academy Program instilled pride and respect in our positions and duties. The lessons and compassion have stuck with me throughout my career. 

    Since completing the HCA, I have had the exciting experience of cooking for high-profile clients, as well as having a keen sense of detail on healthcare cuisine. I can’t thank DM&A enough for the impact you have made on my life. I aspire to acquire all the education and skills needed to become a DM&A Chef and be able to give back what was given to me.”

    Chef Nene Wheeler
    Kulinary Kreationz


    “He was simply the best ever!  He was a great communicator, great at responding to emails, great at giving insightful feedback without being pushy and respecting others’ opinions, great at developing rapport with people he just met, equally good at improving quality of food and the process by which it’s produced, easy to laugh and keep everyone calm.  It was truly a pleasure.” 

    Dena Peroceschi-Sprain, MBA, RD, CD
    Food Service Operations Program Manager

    Food People Management

    From the author of The First Timer’s Cookbook and The First Timer’s Bakebook, comes the management playbook specifically written for food service professionals.

    (Standards plus accountability) consistency equals success.

    By becoming a servant leader and following this leadership formula, you will lead your teams to lasting success! Developed over 25 years, this management formula is based on principles and experiences, various success, and more importantly failures of Chef Shawn Bucher’s career in the food service industry.

    Through his anecdotes and proven systems, learn how to:

    • Lead by example and service
    • Implement effective standards and accountability
    • Develop your team into a finely tuned operation independent of any individual or group