Charles Gipe, Jr.
Executive Chef at Hershey Entertainment Complex
Charles (Charlie) Gipe, CEC (Certified Executive Chef) AAC (American Academy of Chefs), knew he would become a chef when he was a child. During a Scouting trip that included terrible food, he discovered that with some basic cooking skills he learned from his father, he could cook better than the troop leaders.
Upon graduating from The Culinary Institute of America in 1978, where he was president of the Gourmet Society, Gipe began building the wide-ranging culinary background that lead him to Hershey, The Sweetest Place on Earth.
Following graduation, Gipe attended Pennsylvania State University, where he received his Vocational Education Teacher Certificates I and II. Since then he has served as a chef instructor at Dauphin County Technical School in Harrisburg, PA., where he was named Teacher of the Year in both 1988 and 1999 and recognized for his work with special-needs students. Gipe was also chef instructor at Harrisburg Area Community College in Harrisburg, PA.; a sales consultant at Central PA Restaurant Equipment; a caterer at Hirsch & Gipe/Gipe's Caterings; and executive chef at Embers Inn & Convention Center in Carlisle, PA.
Generous with his time and talent, Gipe serves as the chief coordinator for the local Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation dinner, which benefits Second Harvest, Channels Food Rescue and Central PA Food Bank. He is personally credited with raising thousands of dollars from silent auction bidders hoping to have him cook dinner in their homes.
Gipe has appeared on Food Network's "The Best Of" and has earned his way into the Guinness Book of World Records for making the largest pot of chili. He is currently working on his first cookbook.
He was hired by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts in 1998 as Executive Chef of Hersheypark. Now, as Executive Chef of Hersheypark Entertainment Complex, Gipe's outlets include Hersheypark, Giant Center, Hersheypark Stadium and Star Pavilion at Hersheypark Stadium.
Gipe's take on chocolate? He uses Hershey's Chocolate exclusively and tries to cook with it as much as possible. He is the proud creator of a delicious chili, barbecue sauce and chocolate ketchup, signature items that can only be found in Hershey.