College of Applied Science and Technology

Mark S. Kent

Mark S. Kent

Title: Manager, The Crystal Room Bistro
Dept/Program: Business and Information Technology
Office: Galucci Hall 155-B
Phone: 330-972-2349
Fax: 330-972-5525


Professional Certification:

  • Certified Executive Chef (CEC)
  • Culinary Institute of America (A.O.S.)

Chef Mark Kent currently serves as the chairman of the board for the Akron-Canton Area Cooks and Chefs Association. In addition, he is serving as the national chair for the Nominations and Elections Committee for the National American Culinary Federation. He is the operations manager for The Crystal Room Bistro. Prior to that, he served as the executive chef for University of Akron Dining Services. Kent's previous positions include corporate chef for Concord Hotel Company, executive chef for the Houston Yacht Club, and several hotels located in Houston, Atlanta, Detroit and Cleveland.

In 1997, the Akron American Culinary Federation named Kent “Chef of The Year.” Other honors include:

  • “Presidents Medallion” from the National American Culinary Federation
  • “Cutting Edge” award from the National American Culinary Federation, 2010
  • Inducted into The American Academy of Chefs, 2011 
  • Inducted into the Honorable Order of the Golden Toque,2014

Research Accomplishments



  • Bachelor of Science in Postsecondary Education, The University of Akron

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