SEARCY REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: New executive chef joins Harding University dining services

Austin Simmons was promoted to Hubbell & Hudson Bistro's executive chef in 2012.   Courtesy of Studio Communications

Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on February 24.

SEARCY, Ark. (Feb. 20, 2020) — Harding University announced the appointment of Lewis Curtis as executive chef of its dining program. Chef Lewis is responsible for directing the University’s dining program as well as creating and executing the catering menu for special events.

As a seasoned culinary artist with more than 14 years of experience, Chef Lewis has served some of the nation’s top leaders and influential business owners from around the world. He has worked with Fairchild and Little Rock Air Force Bases as well as served as a private chef and apprenticed under Paul Prudhomme, Gordon Ramsey and Thomas Keller. Additionally, he has appeared on Food Network, international TV with Gordon Ramsey and has been featured on a number of local TV stations.

“Chef Lewis is an outstanding addition to our dining team and we are excited for the culinary experiences he is already bringing to students and the Harding community,” said Tammy Hall, vice president of finance and chief financial officer. “He brings with him a wealth of experience, creativity and leadership that will enhance and elevate our dining program.”

A chef since the age of 22, Lewis has had a passion for food and love of the industry since he was a boy. Chef Lewis was trained through The Art Institute of Dallas and the Arkansas Culinary School of Apprentice.

“I am thrilled to become a part of the Harding community and look forward to serving the students, faculty and guests,” said Chef Lewis. “This is truly a wonderful opportunity, and I am excited to develop culinary creations that enhance the student experience.”

To learn more about the University’s on-campus dining services, visit or call 501-279-4364.

About Harding University

Harding University is a private Christian, liberal arts university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, it is the largest private university in the state. Harding’s student body represents all 49 states and 55 nations and territories. The University offers more than 100 undergraduate majors; graduate and professional degrees at the master’s, specialist and doctoral levels; as well as numerous study abroad opportunities including locations in Australasia, Latin America, England, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information, visit


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