Award-winning chef to call Overland Park Convention Center new home

Award-winning chef of Food Networks famed culinary competition, Beat Bobby Flay, and former White House and Ohio Governor’s Mansion chef is named executive chef at Overland Park Convention Center.

Overland Park, Kan. (Jan. 8, 2019)— The Overland Park Convention Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Freeman as the venue’s new executive chef. An award-winning chef, he brings a dynamic, innovative energy to the dining experience at the convention center.

Chef Freeman brings more than 25 years of culinary experience from around the world. Originally from Granville, Ohio, he has held previous positions in five different countries including Russia, Philippines, Kenya, Portugal and several major cities throughout the United States.

“My food is influenced by my multicultural experiences,” Tim Freeman, Executive Chef at the Overland Park Convention Center, said. “You just pick up on different techniques when you’re travelling around the world learning about other cultures. I’m excited to plant some roots in Kansas, and bring new ingredients and fresh ideas to the convention center.”

Chef Freeman’s accolades include working alongside Chef Wolfgang Puck; defeating celebrity Chef Bobby Flay on Food Network series, Beat Bobby Flay; cooking at the White House for former President Bill Clinton and the Ohio Governor’s Mansion.

Freeman will be responsible for elevating the menu and cultivating new ideas at the convention center, in addition to enhancing the culinary team and the customer experience for the venue’s high-profile banquets and catering events ranging in size from small meeting to large galas of 3,500 plus.

“Chef Freeman is an extreme talent and has an impressive culinary background—we were looking for the best and we found him,” Jessica Corona, Director of Food and Beverage at the Overland Park Convention Center, said. “We are beyond excited to welcome him to our team and we are confident our clients will be blown away by what he brings to the table.”

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Overland Park Convention Center: 6000 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS, 66211