2012-03-17 / Obituaries

Chef Donald E. Hauck

Chef Donald E. Hauck, age 62, passed March 8, 2012, making a journey back to be with his creator. Predeceased by loving parents, Merwood (Moe) and Hermine L. Hauck; loving grandmother, Doris Hoover; brother-in-law, Clair M. Colburn, Jr. and nephew, Jeffrey A. Colburn. Survived by brother and sister-in-law, Chester J. and Patricia Hauck; his angel, friend and sister, Darlene Hauck Colburn; nieces, Robin Ricker, Melody (Bruce) Tankovich, Lisa and Melissa Tankovich, Gladys Colburn; nephews, Jon Hauck, Curt Colburn, Caleb & Logan Colburn, Chapin Colburn, Trevor Tankovich and Patrick Kern; aunts, Ruth Hoover and Myrtle Cook; many loving cousins and friends; very dear friends, Joachim Nickel and wife Marlies of Berlin, West Germany and Sue Hilf of Yaroomba, Australia.

Donald served apprenticeship at Columbus Athletic Club and Stahbald Restaurant in Baden Baden, West Germany, achieved certified chef from AAC (1980) as working chef, employed at Columbus Country Club as Executive Sous Chef (1973-1979), Executive Chef ( 1980- 1982); Executive Chef and owner of the Unicorn Restaurant (1983-1984); Executive Chef at The Refectory Restaurant (1987-1992) achieving a four-star rating in the “Mobile Restaurant Guide” during his tenure there; Executive Chef at Mario’s International (1992-1993) achieving a three-star rating in the “Mobile Restaurant Guide” during his tenure there; Executive Chef at One Nation Restaurant (1994- 1996); Executive Chef at Out on Main Restaurant (1997-2002) achieving the high honor of being named in the “Zaget Guide” as one of the top twenty restaurants in Columbus, OH during his tenure; Executive Chef at the Columbus Club (2002-2005); Received the position as Lead Instructor at the Columbus Culinary Institute at Bradford College (2006-present).

He was an active member, past Chairman of the Board, twice President and also served as Treasurer of the AFC Columbus Chapter, Fellow of the American Academy of Chefs, where he also served as Northeast Regional Director. He received honors and awards from the American Academy of Chefs “ National Presidential Medallion” (2008), voted by his peers as Chef of the Year in Columbus, OH from the AFC Columbus Chapter (1996 & 2009). Donald contributed his time and culinary skills to many charities by preparing food for the fundraising events to benefit various organizations in Columbus.

Funeral service was March 13, 2012, at the O.D. Woodyard Co. Chapel in Columbus, with interment at Green Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be sent to the AIDS Resource Center Ohio, 4400 N. High Street, Suite 300, Columbus, OH 43214 or Mount Carmel Hospice, 1144 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215.

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