chef candice with other chefs

Meet Chef Candace Lawson

chef candice working

If you ask Candace Lawson’s colleagues to describe her, you will likely hear some variation of one common theme: “her passion is unmatched.” Every day you can see Candace, Harvest Table Culinary Group’s Chef De Cuisine at Elon Dining, working side-by-side teaching, mentoring and encouraging her team, as well as placing a huge emphasis on the importance of providing outstanding guest service. Her larger-than-life personality spills out of the kitchen and into the dining hall as she interacts with her Elon community. The students at Elon can’t help but take notice of Candace’s contagious passion. “I come to Lakeside a lot and Candace always has a smile on her face,” says an Elon student. “She goes out of her way to say “hey” to us every time we walk in and she’s really dedicated to making sure our food is how we like it.” When asked what drives her, Candace’s simple reply is “The students of Elon University. I want to give them the best meal each and every day at Lakeside Dining Hall.”

“God gave me these gifts to share with the world,” Candace states enthusiastically as she strides through her kitchen, fresh off preparing her famous macaroni and cheese. Candace has always had a passion for food, inherited at a young age when she and her grandmother would often spend time cooking together. Looking back, she now realizes these special moments were the beginning of her love of cooking. Candace’s passion led her to consider attending a culinary school after high school, but her parents wanted her to pursue what they thought of as a more traditional college experience. This led Candace to Elon University. As a student, Candace studied Theatre with a concentration in directing, but she was still drawn to food even while in school and began her career as a student worker for Elon Dining. After graduating Elon in 2003 and working in another field for a couple of years, Candace realized that she would never feel fulfilled without that feeling she first experienced cooking with her grandmother. She decided to go back to school and attended culinary school at Alamance Community College. While attending culinary school in 2007, Candace came home to Elon where she was hired as an hourly cook. By 2009, she achieved her goal and received a Culinary Arts Degree. After graduating, Candace continued to develop her culinary expertise, and in 2012 she was promoted to Chef De Cuisine.

Harvest Table Culinary Group employs a team of culinarians just like Chef Candace who share a passion for quality food, service excellence, and promoting healthier food choices. All team members have a distinct role, yet share a common philosophy – deliver inspiring food experiences that help create meaningful and memorable connections. If you’re interested in connecting with us about employment opportunities, please get in touch.

See what we're up to
today on Instagram.

View All Posts
Instagram post 2192218578089336999_7773517215 The Harvest Table team was out in full-force this week introducing our inspired food experiences to a new campus community. Interested in dining with us? Check the link in our bio! #harvesttablecg #hospitality #inspiredfood
Instagram post 2183057571769106595_7773517215 #Repost @inharvest with @get_repost
・・・
This week The Farmers Market at High Point (N.C.) University served up these gorgeous tacos filled with a 50/50 blend of ground beef and our flavorful and highly nutritious Greenwheat Freekeh (TM), all seasoned with a spice mix produced by Harvest Table Culinary Group. A qualified hit with students! 🌞
.
.
#grains #wholegrain #wholegrains #legumes #lentils #plantbasedfood #plantbasedfoods #plantforward #vegcentric #betterforyou #ancientgrains #foodservice #foodserviceindustry #foodmanufacturing #foodmanufacturers #foodprocessing #retailfood #privatelabelfoods #naturalfoods #foodinnovation #heirloomgrains #foodtrends #foodtrends2019 #foodtrends2020 #HarvestTableCG #HPUDining #tacos #studentdining #freekeh @harvesttablecg @hpudining @chefjayz
Instagram post 2177916935327848348_7773517215 On the heels of the first snowstorm of the season in Upstate New York, our hospitality team is always ready to welcome Guests to the table! #harvesttablecg
Instagram post 2164909731888859412_7773517215 We are proud to announce that we have partnered with @FarmForward, a non-profit organization that implements innovative strategies to promote conscientious food choices, reduce farmed animal suffering, and advance sustainable agriculture, as part of its Leadership Circle. To read the full announcement, click the link in bio.  #htculinary #farmforward
Instagram post 2104597576904160339_7773517215 Harvest Table is attending the American Culinary Federation’s National Convention -the country’s largest and most prestigious professional chef organization. Two of our chefs became certified this year and are being celebrated on this massive wall on the trade show floor. Congratulations again to Chef Jordan Rogers from @deacondining and Chef Christian Froelich from @hpudining for earning the Certified Executive Chef this year. #acfchefs #acfnatcon @acf_chefs
Instagram post 2101048412343316071_7773517215 We are proud to announce a new partnership with @UniversityofRedlands! Join us this year at the Table at Irvine Commons. Our hospitality team @HTRedlands has been preparing all summer for your arrival! #HTCulinary #hospitality #kitchenbrigade
Instagram post 2096644427123523776_7773517215 Today is a beautiful day for al fresco dining! Our catering team is standing by to help you plan your next event. #HTCulinary #catering #freshlyprepared #locallyprocured
Instagram post 2095233694323039697_7773517215 Fresh herbs are in full abundance in our gardens. This basil, besides being antioxidant-rich, tastes delicious! We use basil in many dishes but is most popular in pasta sauces, pesto sandwich spreads, and fresh salads. #HTCulinary #locallyprocured
Instagram post 2093790682813519865_7773517215 Our Chef's Council gets together every month to innovate new recipes and menus. We'd love to hear from you on subjects for our monthly ideation sessions. Please comment! #HTCulinary #ethnicfood #sustainability #napkintalk
Instagram post 2091616333943154340_7773517215 Our kitchen brigade is committed to scratch, small-batch cookery, personalized at the time of service. We look forward to preparing restaurant quality meals. #HTCulinary #freshlyprepared #smallbatch #personalized #kitchenbrigade
Instagram post 2090160013268818005_7773517215 We value your feedback and strive to meet all special dietary needs. #HTCulinary #napkintalk #guestfeedback
Instagram post 2088702111164384836_7773517215 We pride ourselves on menu transparency. All our menu items are available at our kiosk, at the point of service and online for your mobile device -complete with ingredient and allergen information. #HTCulinary #menutransparency #nutritionallybalanced
Instagram post 2086550674199490598_7773517215 The members of our hospitality team are committed to building communities on campus through inspired food experiences. Come join us at the table! #HTCulinary #community #inspiredfoodexperiences #hospitality
Instagram post 2085093355901930845_7773517215 This is the time of year we work with #localfarmers on growing schedules and crop forecasting to ensure we make the most of #seasonalproduce #HTCulinary #locallyprocured #localproduce #supportfarmers
Instagram post 2083593917697166257_7773517215 Our Chef's Council is busy working on new recipes and curating new menus for you! Can't wait to share them with you next semester! #HTCulinary #kitchenbrigade #recipecollection #freshlyprepared
Instagram post 2048123111993152176_7773517215 Did you know our signature #granolabar changes every season? We have new flavors coming your way! Order for your next #catering event, stop by the market or grab one from a #HTCulinary #restaurant near you! #AdditiveFree #FreshlyPrepared #granola #snack #energyonthego
Instagram post 2045103279456742200_7773517215 Our Chief Culinary Officer, Chef Matthew teamed up with Chef Daniel and represented his ACF Chapter at the New England Chef's Showdown this week and won! Check out the details here: http://bit.ly/2HsD1JG #acfchefs
Instagram post 2044415361952157862_7773517215 What better way to celebrate #NationalChocolateChipDay then with a #FreshlyBaked #ChocolateChipCookie? Our #CookieJar is full; stop on by at #HTCulinary restaurant near you! #AdditiveFree #ResponsiblySourced #FreshlyPrepared #Chocolate #cookiesandmilk
Instagram post 2043049592687048461_7773517215 In the vendor spotlight today is our partners at Maple View Farms, supplying our #restaurants in North Carolina with fresh #icecream! #HTCulinary #LocallyProcured Maple View Farm Ice Cream