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The Ferdinand Metz Culinary Legend Award Dinner

Hosted by the American Master Chef’s Order

MC Ferdinand Metz.

The American Master Chefs’ Order & The Greenbrier, America’s Resort come together to bring you a one-of-a-kind honorary dinner event!

About Ferdinand Metz, CMC – The Honoree

Ferdinand Metz, an unparalleled figure in American cuisine, spent 21 transformative years at the Culinary Institute of America, shaping the culinary landscape. From a culinary upbringing in Germany to key roles in NYC establishments, Metz’s journey reflects commitment to excellence.

Ferdinand Metz was instrumental in establishing the Chefs’ Apprenticeship, Certification and Master Chefs’ Certification program in America in the mid-70, and he spearheaded a 20 year successful effort of

leading the United States Culinary Olympic Team to three consecutive world championships and one world cup. The first Gold Medal win at 1976 Culinary Olympics was instrumental in igniting the American food revolution and Chef Metz was at the forefront of that movement. He also served for four years as President of the American Culinary Federation and was the first ever certified Master Chef, who also had earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

As president of the Culinary Institute of America for 21 years, Ferdinand Metz saw over 35,000 students graduate, many of whom would become leaders in the culinary field. Chef Metz was the driving force and instrumental in the expansion of the CIA to the Napa Valley Greystone Campus. He has been recognized for his contributions by having received almost every major award, including the Lifetime Achievement Award and the induction into Who Is Who in Cooking by the James Beard Foundation, The Medal of the French Republic and Maître D’ Honneur by the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs (one of three recipients in the U.S.).

He is the President Emeritus of the Culinary Institute of America, the Past Chairman of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and the Past President of the World Association of Chefs, a global organization of over eight million culinarians representing 82 countries.

Today he leads his two consulting companies, Ferdinand Metz Culinary Innovations and Master Chefs’ Institute and just published his 4th book, “From Many We are One”.

The Event Setting | The Greenbrier, America’s Resort | White Sulphur Springs, WV

The Greenbrier is the perfect venue to host the American Master Chefs’ Order Annual Summit and to host the dinner to honor a Culinary icon, Ferdinand Metz, CMC. The Greenbrier embodies the spirit and endurance of American food and hospitality and as is the story of American cuisine, The Greenbrier is also one of constant evolution. Located amid the breathtaking Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier stands as a National Historic Landmark and world-class resort that has been welcoming guests from around the world since 1778.

Imagine a place where time seems to slow down, and history runs as deep as the beauty of its backdrop, West Virginia’s majestic Allegheny Mountains. Since 1778, The Greenbrier has welcomed generations of guests to experience the enduring legacy of America’s Resort — a timeless getaway where moments become memories and the past is always present — it’s Life as Few Know It!

When:       Saturday, November 9, 2024

Where:      The Greenbrier, America’s Resort

            101 Main Street West

            White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986

Dress Code: Black Tie Preferred

*Special Guest, Chef Thomas Keller, will be in attendance.


Dinner Tickets are $250 per person and Includes:

  • Cocktail Reception
  • Five Course Dinner with Wine Pairings
  • Tax & Gratuity

The price of the dinner is tax deductible, within the guidelines of the IRS. 
(All proceeds go to the AMCO assessment program).

Purchase your dinner tickets here:


(Make sure to select the quantity of tickets)

Hotel Rooms at The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier is reserving a block of 60 rooms at a discounted rate of $250 per night for November 8th and 9th.

Reserve your hotel rooms here:


or call 855-453-4858 and select option 2. Mention AMCO for the discounted room rate.

Travel Information

Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB) is served by American Airlines and operated by Contour, and tickets are currently available for purchase at contourairlines.com  Greenbrier Valley Airport is located only 15 minutes away from The Greenbrier. American/ Contour offer daily flights to and from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).

Other airports convenient to The Greenbrier include Roanoke, VA (ROA), Charleston, WV (CRW) and Beckley, WV (BKW) with service provided by major carriers.

Click below for more travel information. https://www.greenbrier.com/content/uploads/2023/12/Getting-to-The-Greenbrier.pdf