Honorary Board Members

Hubert Keller

Chef Hubert Keller

David Hoenmeyer

David Hoenmeyer

Stowe Shoemaker

Stowe Shoemaker

Herschel Walker

Herschel Walker

Hubert Keller

Chef Hubert Keller

Celebrity Chef & Restauranteur

Hubert Keller, a Frenchman classically trained by France’s top Chefs, is now one of America’s most widely recognized and acclaimed chefs. Chef Keller operates Fleur by Hubert Keller, featuring his contemporary French cooking accented with cuisine around the world and his widely popular Burger Bar Restaurants in Las Vegas and San Francisco.

Chef Keller has won numerous awards including the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef: California” and has been elected to the Foundation’s prestigious Who’s Who in Food and Beverage. Food and Wine magazine tapped him as one of the Ten Best Chefs in America, and Restaurant & Institutions gave him its Ivy Award. Chef Keller has cooked for several United States Presidents and was the first guest chef invited to the White House to personally prepare his sophisticated menu to President Clinton and his family. Chef Keller is also known for his performance as a judge on Top Chef as well as for his grace-under-pressure performance as a contestant in the first season of Top Chef Masters on Bravo. Chef Keller was as well a resident judge on Top Chef Just Desserts on Bravo.

Keller appears frequently in the media including appearances on “The Chew” on ABC, “Regis & Kelly” on ABC, “Rachel Ray”, “The Travel Channel”, “The Food Channel Network”, “The Real Housewives of Orange County”, “Good Morning America”, and “Bizarre Foods”. Chef Keller’s own cooking show, Secrets of a Chef, airs on PBS and is currently in Season 5. Filming, where Hubert Keller is visiting, cities like Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Honolulu, Cuba, Las Vegas and San Francisco. Chef Keller’s own cookbooks include The Cuisine of Hubert Keller (Ten Speed Press) and Burger Bar, Build your Own Burgers (Willey0. And his latest cookbook “Souvenirs” Memoires, Stories and Recipes from My Life, written with Penelope Wisner, (Andrews McMeel) . Chef Keller is also known for his generosity and support for a wide range of educational, charity and community events around the country.

David Hoenmeyer

David Hoenmeyer

Chief Operating Officer at Seminole Gaming

A native of Madison, New Jersey, David Hoenemeyer earned a bachelor’s degree in history and English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 and began his hospitality career in the beverage department of the Hilton Parsippany in New Jersey. In 1986, Hoenemeyer played a key role in the opening of the Hilton McLean in Virginia before moving to New York to become the assistant director of food and beverage for New York Hilton & Towers.

Hoenemeyer served as the director of food and beverage at Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City for six years before transitioning to the role of director of operations at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. After joining the team at Caesars Entertainment and eventually working his way up to assistant general manager of Harrah’s Las Vegas, he was named general manager of Bally’s Las Vegas and Paris Hotel & Casino before eventually earning the title of regional president of Caesars Entertainment: Bally’s, Paris and Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino, in 2010.

Hoenemeyer was a founding member of Epicurean Charitable Foundation in 2001 and also dedicates his time on the board of directors for The United Way and The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Erin, and three daughters.

Stowe Shoemaker

Stowe Shoemaker

Dean of the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality at UNLV

Stowe Shoemaker PhD, dean of the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality at UNLV has been appointed as an honorary member to the ECF board of directors. Dean Shoemaker is most excited to join the board because of its ability to impact students’ lives. Since becoming dean in 2013, Dr. Shoemaker has been active in advancing the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality to meet — and exceed — the Top Tier goals set by the university. His long and varied career in hospitality and gaming has garnered him numerous scholarly grants and honors including a Lincy Professorship, Michael D. Olsen Research Award, and many others.

Dean Shoemaker is an avid reader and often travels the globe.

Herschel Walker

Herschel Walker

NFL Player/Entrepreneur

Herschel Walker was appointed to serve as Co-Chair of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition.

Walker is President and Chief Executive Officer of H. Walker Enterprises, LLC (HWE) and Renaissance Man Food Services, LLC (RMFS), a certified minority business enterprise that supplies
poultry, pork and bakery products to the food service and retail marketplace.

Walker’s collegiate football career is legendary. He earned consensus All-American honors three consecutive years in both football and track & field, set numerous NCAA and SEC records and capped a sensational college career by earning, in his junior year, the 1982 Heisman Trophy. In 1983, Walker gave up his final year of collegiate eligibility and turned professional. During his 15 year pro football career, Walker set the still standing, single-season, pro football rushing record of 2,411 yards; lead the NFL in rushing; gained more total yards than anyone in professional football history; and received numerous all-pro and pro Bowl honors.

Herschel is excited to serve on the President’s Council on Sports Fitness and Nutrition, as he has been a long supporter and advocate of promoting active lifestyles every day for our youth and adults. For the past 18 consecutive years, Herschel has served as the Chairman of the National Health Through Fitness Day activities, which brings hundreds of advocates to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and discuss the importance of physical activities and physical education.

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