Chef Gerald Bolton

Chef Gerald “Jerry” Bolton has been the Executive Chef at The Oncenter for the past 22 years. Chef Bolton is a founding member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Syracuse Chapter, which was formed in 1984. He has held many positions and is currently serving as the Syracuse chapter’s Chairman of the Board.

Chef Bolton has twice been the recipient of the ACF’s prestigious Chef of the Year award, in both 1990 and again in 2011.  He was also the recipient of the Chef Professionalism Award in 2008 and again in 2016. Chef Bolton was recognized along with several other chefs across the country by being awarded the ACF’s Presidential Medallion in 2013. 

Chef Bolton’s community service and memberships include the Career and Technical Education Advisory Council for OCM BOCES and the Onondaga Community College Hospitality Management Committee.  He has a passion for the hospitality industry and works closely with Partners for Education providing leadership for student Career Days at local schools and job shadowing for students interested in a career in the hospitality field.


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