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Waller Culinary Teacher Wins Educator Excellence Award from Texas Restaurant Foundation

The Texas Restaurant Foundation (TRF) announced Tyler Kent Osburn (Chef TKO) has won the Educator Excellence Award, presented by Texas Beef Council. Osburn is a “rookie” educator at Waller High School and teaches Advanced Culinary Arts and Practicum. He graduated from Le Cordon Bleu with an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts. He also studied food science at Texas Woman’s University and Southwest Minnesota State University before completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University. 

The Educator Excellence Award is presented by TRF to an educator who has made significant contributions to culinary education through both an unwavering dedication to their students and a strong presence in their community.

“Educators like Chef TKO can make a huge impact on students' lives and their future careers,” said Ashely Rosenfeld, current Chair of the Texas Restaurant Foundation. “We are grateful for his passion and dedication to his students and proud to present him with this award.”

The award will be presented during the Lone Star Bash featuring the Texas Restaurant Awards event at Gilley’s in Dallas, Texas on Sunday, July 10. This event is in conjunction with the 85th Annual Texas Restaurant Show July 10-11 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

The award package includes complimentary registration to the annual Culinary Educators Training Conference (CETC), the Texas Restaurant Show, the Texas Restaurant Awards and the Lone Star Bash. In addition, the winning educator receives $1,000 to use toward their Texas ProStart program, travel and a trophy.