Hari Pulapaka Chef's Corner
Hari Pulapaka

MEET HARI

Hari Pulapaka is a full-time, tenured Associate Professor of Mathematics in his 22nd year at Stetson University. Born and raised in Mumbai, Hari has been in the United States since 1987. After completing a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Florida in 1995, a professional midlife crisis led to a fast-paced, top-of-the-class graduation with an Associate of Applied Science in the Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu-Orlando in 2004.

Hari has published many research papers in the areas of Graph Theory and Number Theory and is an award-winning chef with four James Beard Award semifinalist nods as Best Chef-South and multiple Food & Wine People’s Best Chef recognitions. Hari won the inaugural Chefs Taste Challenge in New Orleans and ZAGAT rated his cuisine the best in Orlando.

Hari has, by invitation, cooked at the historic James Beard House in New York City on many occasions and most recently, was a featured chef at the 2018 James Beard Awards in Chicago. In 2016, Hari was recognized as a GRIST 50 fixer for his innovative and active work in food waste reduction. Hari is a Worldchefs Certified Master Chef (WCMC) and a Certified Executive Chef (CEC) of the American Culinary Federation.

When he is not teaching undergraduate Mathematics, cooking, speaking, or writing about food, Hari serves as strategic advisor on matters of sustainability for Postelsia and is a Chef/Partner for Enroot. Hari cares deeply about thoughtful eating and a mindful existence. Hari writes a weekly column "The Chef's Corner" for the West Volusia Foodie - powered by the West Volusia Beacon.

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Deltona’s Center to host Farm to Table event with Hari Pulapaka

Nov. 8, 2021— The Center at Deltona has been working with area farmers and award-winning chef Hari Pulapaka to create a very special Farm to Table dinner. Join us outdoors in The Center Garden on Nov. 21 for an evening of jazz and a dinner event to remember.

Pulapaka is a pioneer in Central Florida for using locally sourced ingredients in his cooking and has four James Beard Award semifinalist nods as Best Chef-South as well as multiple Food & Wine “People’s Best Chef” recognitions. He is a full-time, tenured associate professor of mathematics in his 22nd year at Stetson University, DeLand. Born and raised in Mumbai, India. Pulapaka has been in the United States since 1987. After completing a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 1995, a professional midlife crisis led to a fast-paced, top-of-the-class graduation with an Associate of Applied Science in the Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu-Orlando in 2004.

Pulapaka won the inaugural “Chefs Taste Challenge” in New Orleans and Zagat rated his cuisine the “Best in Orlando.” On many occasions, Pulapaka has, by invitation, cooked at the historic James Beard House in New York City and most recently, was a featured chef at the 2018 James Beard Awards in Chicago. In 2016, Pulapaka was recognized as a Grist 50 Fixer for his innovative and active work in food waste reduction. Pulapaka is a Worldchefs Certified Master Chef (WCMC) and a Certified Executive Chef (CEC) of the American Culinary Federation. When he is not teaching undergraduate mathematics, cooking, speaking, or writing about food, Pulapaka serves as strategic advisor on matters of sustainability for and is a chef/partner for Enroot. Pulapaka cares deeply about thoughtful Contact: Wendi Jackson Community Information Specialist City of Deltona, 2345 Providence Blvd. Deltona, FL 32725 Phone: (386) 878-8508 FAX: (386) 878-8501 Deltona’s Center to host Farm to Table event with Hari Pulapaka
eating and a mindful existence. Pulapaka writes a weekly column "The Chef's Corner" for the West Volusia Foodie a publication of the West Volusia Beacon.

We’re collecting wonderful products from VoLaSalle Farms in DeLeon Springs, Tomazin Farms in Samsula and Deltona’s own community garden, located in the City of Deltona’s Vann Park, for the chef’s menu. VoLaSalle is owned by the Crump Family, fourth generation citrus farmers who live on the farm, surrounded by cows, goats, ducks and a beautiful lake. The Tomazin family also grows all types of Florida vegetables and raise chickens, ducks,
rabbits and cows.

Farm to Table will be from 4 to 6 p.m. The Jeff Shepard Jazz Trio will perform throughout the evening. Deltona High School culinary arts students will assist with the event. The menu includes fabulous tapas and wine parings. Admission is $50 and includes a complimentary citrus signature cocktail containing locally sourced ingredients. Local brewery options will also be available. Tickets are available on Eventbrite. The Center at Deltona is located at 1640 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. Tickets are non-refundable. Participants must be 21 to participate in wine pairings and alcoholic beverage consumption.