Joe Askren

Joe Askren

Professor of Instruction
Campus: Sarasota-Manatee
Room: A316

Joe Askren is a professor of instruction in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in  in Sarasota-Manatee. From 2007-12, he was chef instructor at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts where he was voted Teacher of the Year twice, in 2008 and 2011 by the school’s graduates.

His culinary and management experience has taken place in some of the finest hotels and restaurants in the United States, including the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club where he worked under Chef Donald Pleau. Under Askren, the Golden Swan at the Hyatt Regency was awarded a 4-Star rating by Mobil Travel Guide and was listed as  one of the Top Five Restaurants in America’s Southwest by Condé Nast Traveler.  A member of the American Culinary Federation, he is a Certified Executive Chef as well as a Certified Chef Educator.

Askren earned a PhD in adult education from USF, an MBA  with a concentration on hospitality management from Colorado Technical University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Florida.  


  • Event Management
  • International Food & Culture
  • Intro to Beer Science
  • Ongoing Study Abroad Program to Italy/France
  • Restaurant Management
  • Undergraduate Internship


  • Askren, J. T., James, W. B. (August, 2020). Experiential Learning Methods in Culinary Course Can Bridge the Gap: Student Perceptions on How Hands-On Curriculum Prepares Them for Industry. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education. 33(1) https://doi.org/10.1080/10963758.2020.1791134


  • HospitaBull
  • Brunch on the Bay
  • Bull's Bistro
  • Crosley Dinners