Chef Kathryn McGushin, CEC, CHE, grew up in Lancaster, OH though originally from Lexington, KY,. After high school, she attended Bowling Green State University and received a bachelor of science in Interior Design. Chef Katie then moved to Savannah, GA where she attended Savannah College of Art and Design to study Historic Preservation. While attending SCAD, she started working in the hospitality industry, prompting a switch in careers and, eventually, encouraging her to attend Hocking College to receive her Associate of Applied Business in Culinary Arts. After graduating from Hocking, she worked at several local restaurants and catering operations. In 2011, Chef McGushin began teaching at Hocking College, eventually becoming the department chair for the School of Hospitality. In 2017, Chef Katie moved to Tri-County Career Center to provide Culinary Arts Education for High School students in Athens, Logan, Trimble, Miller, Federal Hocking, and Alexander School Districts.
In addition to acting as a board member for ACEnet and Live Healthy Appalachia, Chef McGushin also works with the Rural Action “Farm-to-School” program, which encourages local produce to be purchased by local school systems and assists in the local economic development of the area. Chef McGushin is currently the Communications Chair for the Columbus Chapter of the American Culinary Federation, is a Certified Executive Chef and Certified Hospitality Educator. In addition to teaching at Tri-County, Chef Katie also teaches part-time at Hocking College.