Sodexo chef traveling for fall cuisine tour


Saiket "Johny" PatwaryIf you’ve eaten a meal on campus in the past couple of years, you’ve likely tasted the work of Emporia State’s executive chef, Saiket “Johny” Patwary. Now Sodexo, the university’s food service provider (and Patwary’s employer) has selected him as one of five signature chefs recognized for their culinary expertise in a specialty.

Sodexo’s Signature Chef program provides an opportunity for Patwary and other top chefs in the United States to travel to different regions and share authentic regional cuisines with local teams, students, faculty and staff.

Patwary’s cuisine specialties are Indian, Mediterranean, Kansas region and Indian fusion barbecue. During his Signature Chef Fall Tour visit to Carroll College in Helena, Mont., he prepared curried shrimp with wild mushroom grits, turmeric-roasted potatoes and cauliflower, lamb curry, chicken tikka and mango lassi, a milkshake-like drink.

A native of Bangladesh who was raised in Bahrain, Patwary graduated from Emporia State University with a computer science degree. During his undergraduate career, he was a dishwasher in the Sodexo dining hall. After graduation, he pursued a culinary arts degree and worked for Sodexo on other campuses before returning to his alma mater two years ago.

In his culinary career, Patwary has served notables including actor Ed Begley, Jr., singer Shania Twain and the Green Bay Packers professional football team. He has competed and won in various culinary competitions around the country, including the California Date Competition, Las Vegas Odyssey, Kansas City BBQ Society and American Culinary Federation Competitions. He recently won an Asian cookbook recipe contest, which includes having his recipes published in an upcoming cookbook.