LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Chris Hill

Position: Culinary Arts/ProStart Chef Instructor
School: Westminster High School
School District: Westminster Public Schools
City, State: Westminster, CO

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Chris Hill was nominated by his friend, Stephanie Rosch.

"When I think about impactful educators, there is no one with a better gift than Chef Chris Hill," said Rosch. "His commitment to helping all students learn and grow in their culinary skills has been proven time and time again throughout the last few years.  Although Chris is a newer teacher, his service mind set has been an awesome addition to our building."

"I had the opportunity to work with Chris as an instructional coach because he always wants to do the best job for his students," said Rosch. "He wanted to truly understand the best ways to help his students learn and succeed. I was in awe of his ability to build relationships with students and cultivate a love of learning. His students work hard because he has high expectations of them to cook and succeed.  His students enjoy coming to class every day because his classroom is always a fun and inviting place.  He has gotten many accolades from staff and students for his customer service, event planning, and so much more. He truly exemplifies the definition of a LifeChanger because he is quick to get to know students and figure out the best path to help them succeed."

Chef Hill's most recent achievement was being a part of a grant team that brought a food truck to his program.  He has the students design menus, plan costs, and work with customers (with his supervision) to make sure that the love of food is carried near and far.  He has worked tirelessly to make sure every event goes well, and that the students can shine through whatever challenges they encounter.  With only 20 spots for his Pro Start Program, he has over 200 students apply each year.

"My daughter, who has the opportunity to take his class, says she loves learning new facets of cooking," said Rosch. "Whether it's perfecting a taste pattern of something or making sure the seasoning is right, Chef is always there to help and coach along the way."



Comments (122)


Stevie Posted 29 days ago

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DR-jd8tZVEo&feature=emb_imp_woyt Love this video to honor Chef :-) woot woot

Carey Posted 2 months ago

One of the things that immediately caught my attention when supporting Chef Hill's crew in the kitchen was how he easily connects with the students while showing interest in their diverse backgrounds and inspiring them to use those backgrounds to develop proper culinary skills. The students love coming into class each day and it has been a joy to witness such a safe and professional working environment Chef has established with the students while supporting their continued growth and passion for cooking. I look forward to what he has planned for the students next year!

Matt Heller Posted 2 months ago

I have worked in the same building with Chef Hill for 2 years, but this year was the first year I have been able to work side-by-side with him. During our Extended School Year, I was placed in the Culinary group. It was amazing to see how he worked with students, his extremely vast knowledge of cooking, and his generosity of sharing his delicious food with staff! In twelve days, I learned things from sharpening knives to butter tarts to the perfection of frying the perfect French fry. The fact that in Chef's second year he was able to secure resources to get a school food truck was incredible in its self, but what he has taught the students in 1 year to make it the success truly speaks to his dedication and skill as a chef.

Hannia Posted 2 months ago

I am glad to have chef, also chef chris is a amazing teacher and he should get his award.

Johnny Posted 2 months ago

Chef Hill should receive this award because he is good at what he does. Throughout the year he has helped us learn and make good food.

jasmine Posted 2 months ago

Chef is a really good teacher and i really enjoy being here and learning from him. this week i learn how to make a Poutine and he encouraged me to make new friends in my team. Culinary is one of my favorite classes and I can't wait to learn more next year from Chef Hill.

Emily Posted 2 months ago

I believe chef deserves this award because he's just hands down the best teacher ever. There has never been a time where chef hasn't been there for me. He's so kind, understanding, funny, helpful, and just overall great. Whenever I cannot figure out how to get something done right, I can call chefs name out and he's there. He is always helping better us, his students. Chef is also always cracking jokes making everyone laugh. There is no doubt that chef deserves this award.

Julian Godina Posted 2 months ago

Chef Chris Hill has made an impact in my life by teaching me a life skill that will help me for the rest of my life. Before taking his class I knew nothing, I've seen him make an impact on other students that can make delicious foods now. He is a great example between fun and professional when need to.

Alexander Posted 2 months ago

I believe Chef Hill is a very good teacher and is extremely helpful. Chef has taught me a lot of things when it comes to cooking and if it weren't for him I probably still wouldn't know the first thing about baking or even cutting fries. I think it's a really good achievement to be nominated for an award and I do sincerely believe that he should win it.

Karina Posted 2 months ago

Not only is Mr.Hill a caring teacher but also a teacher who loves to come and show us new things we have created or learned about,Mr.Hill not only pushes us to try our best but also makes sure we are all good.Mr Hill showed me how to roll my very first Sushi Roll.

Ashley Posted 2 months ago

I'm very glad that chef got nominated for an award I hope he wins he's a really good teacher and a really good person, he gets along well with other teachers and with he's students. I'm learning how to cook new things thanks to him, and when we need help in the kitchen he's always helping us.

Jasmine Posted 2 months ago

Chef hill has helped me in so many different ways, with cooking and just mentally. I could not thank him enough with everything he does! He definitely deserves this award. He has gone through so many different complications on trying to better our cooking classes and environment by getting our school a food truck ran by our pro start cooking class! e is just an amazing chef and teacher who loves what he does and never gives up on us!

enrique Posted 2 months ago

Congrats!! Chef for being nominated for this award. I like how chef is able to know what your missing in your food to make it taste even better or if you have added to much. Hope you win chef!

jasmine Posted 2 months ago

Chef is a really good teacher and i really enjoy being here and learning from him.

Danielle Posted 2 months ago

Chef has really made me feel welcome in his classroom/kitchen. He helped me learn how to cook foods that I never knew how to cook. For example, I made and tried sushi for the first time. Chef also was always there to cheer me up if a recipe didn't turn out right. Chef has made me laugh and smile more than I have in a while. This year really weighed down on my mental health but Chef has brought back the joy I have when I cook. He has really been an amazing teacher and I hope that he gets this award. I believe that he really deserves it.

Alexander Posted 2 months ago

I believe Chef/Mr.Hill is a very good teacher and is extremely helpful. Chef has taught me a lot of things when it comes to cooking and if it weren't for him I probably still wouldn't know the first thing about baking or even cutting fries. I think it's a really good achievement to be nominated for an award and I do sincerely believe that he should win it.

Ebony Rain Posted 2 months ago

Chef Hill takes his time and do things right.

Jennifer Santillan Posted 3 months ago

I am glad that chef is nominated for an award and really hope he does win it. I can say that chef is a really good person. When me and my group cook and something doesn't come out right he's always there to help us fix our mistakes. Chef makes cooking fun and enjoyable. Most times he gives us the opportunity to cook what we want.

Ginessa Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill is a very good teacher because this was my first year. of taking his class and he made me feel welcome in to his class and he made my first time a great experience but in all he is just a great person to know

Adrian Fleischer Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill has been very helpful and patient with his students. He's done more than enough to help his students in class, he is a great role model and a lot of the kids look up to him. He provided food for us even when we were doing school online, he even went as far as offering to deliver it to some students. Culinary arts has been my favorite class all year, even though it was hard Chef Hill put me in a good mood whenever I came to his class.

John Posted 3 months ago

Chef makes Westminster High School the best. He has great lessons and fun every day making sure students learn all the things they need to for future success.

Hek Posted 3 months ago

Chef is a good teacher and helps Westminster High School.

Miguel Posted 3 months ago

Chef makes Westy a great place, pick him because he takes the time to do all the jobs right.

Summer Posted 3 months ago

Thanks to chef for always giving us and teaching us the things we need. You are awesome and deserve this award!

Arturo Posted 3 months ago

Chef is super cool and his room is super calm.

Jorge Posted 3 months ago

Chef is kind to any and all who enter his room. He teaches them to do lots of new things and makes it fun!

Lindsey Shockley Posted 3 months ago

Chef Chris Hill truly has amazing talent when it comes to culinary arts. He has great passion for his work and students, he is an amazing chef!

Glo Posted 3 months ago

I love watching the cooking classes chef did on zoom over quarantine. He worked hard to make sure that all people who wanted to cook and learn something new had a chance near or far. He even offered these classes to Girl Scouts across the entire United States. Many people took advantage of these classes, learned new skills from a professional and had a lot of fun. (And of course got to eat delicious food.) Thank you Chef for all you do!

Tris Posted 3 months ago

Westy is a great place with a great chef.

Lenny Posted 3 months ago

Chef is awesome! He works hard and cares about all of us.

Luis Posted 3 months ago

Westy couldn't function without an awesome Chef. Chef does a good job making class fun and all of us learn something new.

Julia Posted 3 months ago

Chef makes Westy a great place. He takes the time to get to know his students and make sure they know what to do.

Reagan Posted 3 months ago

Chef did a great job at prom and helped his kids rock that party.

Ruth Lancaster Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill brings more to the Culinary Arts program than just his extensive experience and knowledge. He bring his passion for excellence both for himself and his students. The real world experience he provides for his students is priceless. He is a life changer for his students and our school.

Ariana Orozco Posted 3 months ago

A teacher who believes in reflective practices and an amazing chef!

Hanna Posted 3 months ago

Chef is a great teacher showing everybody what and how to cook and use different utensils. I love his class because usually I want to make my mom are any of my family some dinner or a desert. He has a great way of teaching how to cook and also lets learn from our mistakes. I'm glad I had him for culinary this year and it was a great experience.

Shayde Cleveland Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill takes the time to create a bond with each and every one of his students. He makes his class enjoyable and has many inside jokes with the students. He takes on life's challenges in a way I've never seen before. He deserves this award more than anyone because of all the extra work and effort he puts into every assignment, recipe, and project. He has emailed me before asking what types of food to get or what sounds more interesting; this or that. Chef Hill is the most amazing teacher and I am so happy I was able to meet him and learn so much from him this year.

Staci (Artemis) Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill is an amazing teacher. He teaches the kids a craft they are interested in. The kids love him and learn a lot from him. He teaches them about what it means to be a chef some day. I've had students who have gone through his program and gain more knowledge. Chef Hill takes the time to make sure they understand the material.

Penny Wesanko Posted 3 months ago

Today I stepped into Chris class and the kids were waiting to head to their next class. In each of their hands was two boxes of food that they made. Chef Hill taught his students how to make home made donuts and sushi. The kids were so excited about what they made and how it turned out they each opened their boxes to show off their creations. You could see the sense of pride in each of the students faces. It take a great teacher to engage their students. Chris Has encouraged our students to take the step outside their comfort zone and try something new. I am so proud of him and his accomplishments this year. We are so lucky to have him as our teacher!

Laura Seward Posted 3 months ago

How could you not love having a colleague who not only brings cake samples to meetings but brings his whole heart to the job of teaching!? Chef Hill is a wonderful addition to the #WestyStrong family.

Kodi Kelly Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill has reinvigorated the culinary program here at Westy. He has not only created heightened interest in the program, but has leveled it up by providing cooking classes to staff, adding a student run food truck and generally being a really great teacher.

Dalila Posted 3 months ago

Chef is great to have at Westminster High School. He plans fun things to do and class and we learn a lot.

Aaliyah Posted 3 months ago

Chef is super cool and hard working. He always believes his students can do a good job so he makes them work hard and stay on task.

Melisa Posted 3 months ago

Chef is super to have at WHS. He works hard to help students learn and makes sure they know he knows they can do whatever they set their mind to.

Kayla Posted 3 months ago

Chef always helps everyone who needs it at school.

Jesiahes Posted 3 months ago

Chef has a fun class and there is a lot of stuff that happens. His students work hard and so does he.

Izabel Posted 3 months ago

Chef works hard at everything he does and teaches the students a lot of useful information.

Melany Posted 3 months ago

Chef works hard to make WHS the best school possible.

Carlos Robles Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill makes sure we learn while we cook but he always makes it fun for us at the same time. I never learned so much about cooking until Chef Hill. He's taught me alot now i can show off my cooking skills at home. Chef Hill is always super helpful and he's also a great cook .

Mattie Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill is a very kind and funny teacher, even on days that feel off he brings our class up and always finds something to make it fun. I haven't known him for very long but in the time that I have; I've enjoyed it very much. He definitely deserves this award!

Bryan Posted 3 months ago

I think that Chef Hill should receive the award because he offers a good cooking class where its easy and fun to learn every day

Esperanza Basaldua Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill is a great teacher. He has not only changed my life but has also changed others lives as well. As a former Pro-Start student of his, I can say we need someone who is there to support and push us to be the best we can be and that is exactly what Chef does. He’s created a wonderful classroom and safe space that is nothing less than the best. Chef has taken our schools culinary program to the next level and it really is an amazing thing to watch. He honestly works harder than anyone I know. He shows up early in the morning, hours before class just to prep and make sure everything is in place and ready to go when his kids walk in and stays late for events just to support all his students. There’s no one else that I believe deserves this more than Chef Chis Hill. Thank you Chef for everything!

Yaritza Camargo Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill make sure that all the student learn while still having fun. He assures that every assignment is applied in the cooking activity. He also allows students to have some creative freedom when cooking. Chef Hill makes sure we try food from outside our traditional food. He makes cooking fun, easy, and enjoyable.

Katherine Posted 3 months ago

He's a nice and helpful teacher. Also great at cooking!

Jasmine Bonner Posted 3 months ago

He makes the best food and has helped me improve on my skills so much! His food is BUSSIN BUSSIN

Emily Deller Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill is not only an amazing teacher he is also an amazing cook. He is always so kind to his students and always gives us the right mindset to pass his class. He helps us with anything we need help with. He is so caring, fun, funny, kind, understanding, and so much more. He is the best teacher I've ever had. I think he really deserves this award, hes so hard working and gives everyone the best culinary experience possible.

Samantha Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill is a great chef who constantly teaches us and helps us improve our cooking in any way that he can, he is always nice and understanding to all of us.

Alexander Trinidad Posted 3 months ago

Chef has a great classroom it's fun, safe, and clean. He always does his best when teaching others new cooking skills and always pushes you to do your best when cooking he is a great teacher to have since he is always willing to offer help to his students

Breann Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill is a really nice teacher. He makes the classroom fun and I have learned a lot in this class.

Kane Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill takes time to work hard and do things right.

sanders prim Posted 3 months ago

dude cool good job man

jeamarie Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill takes time to work hard and do things right so that he dont have to do it again.

Gage Posted 3 months ago

He is a cool teacher makes westy a great school.

Spencer Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill takes time to work hard and do things right.

ceezer Posted 3 months ago

Chef makes a Westminster High School a great place!

James Posted 3 months ago

Chef makes Westy the best.

Nayeli Posted 3 months ago

Chef has a good class

Emilio Posted 3 months ago

Chef has a great class and is fun to chill with

Alecia Posted 3 months ago

Chef is a great teacher and works hard.

Oscar Posted 3 months ago

Chef makes hard work fun and we learn lots.

Mario Posted 3 months ago

Chef makes Westminster High School awesome.

Isaak Posted 3 months ago

I wish all my teachers were as cool as chef.

Alexis Posted 3 months ago

Chef does things really well and is great to have at Westy he should win.

Alexis Posted 3 months ago

Chef does things really well and is great to have at Westy he should win.

amiah Posted 3 months ago

Chef takes the time to work hard

Rodolfo Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill makes the school sound like a good place

Erik Diaz Posted 3 months ago

chef makes WHS a great place

Gisell Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill takes time to work hard and do things right

Ebony Rain Posted 3 months ago

Chef has a fun classroom his kids learn a lot.

Paris Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill takes time to work hard and do things right and is a great person.

elizabeth moran Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill takes time to work hard and do things right.

Mattie Gurule Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill is funny and a hardworking person.

Elijah Posted 3 months ago

Chef makes a Westminster High School a great place!

Cassandra Campos Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill is the best teacher I've ever had, he's so kind, understanding, and nice, he always makes me smile and always helps me out on whatever I may need, he's always there for me and his class feels like home. I think he really deserves this award because he's accomplished so much in his first two years of teaching than most and I know he will do so much more for the school and for students.

Neal Posted 3 months ago

Chris is always thinking of ways to challenge and support his students. He is very proud of what his students have accomplished, and continues to think about innovative ways to challenge them, such as with the food truck and last years' Girl Scout Cookie savory dish challenge. An astounding teacher!

Norma Posted 3 months ago

I like how he teaches us to make new and exciting foods in class. He always makes jokes and keeps it fun in class. He is helping me learn all about the culinary world.

ryan herrmann Posted 3 months ago

Chef has a fun classroom his kids learn a lot. Chef makes a Westminster High School a great place!

Richard Rodriguez Jr Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill works hard for his students and makes sure that they have the best education possible. Chef Hill makes learning fun and takes everyone under his wing. As someone who wants to go into the culinary business, Chef Hill does everything in his power to give me opportunities and pushes me to become a better cook. Chef Hill is a kind and hardworking man who deserves this award more than anyone else.

Richard Rodriguez Jr Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill works hard for his students and makes sure that they have the best education possible. Chef Hill makes learning fun and takes everyone under his wing. As someone who wants to go into the culinary business, Chef Hill does everything in his power to give me opportunities and pushes me to become a better cook. Chef Hill is a kind and hardworking man who deserves this award more than anyone else.

Michelle Posted 3 months ago

The way he teaches the students and the way he treat us, helping us to understand. He gives us the food we make in class to take home and even tries to speak the Spanish language to make sure we understand. Finally, he makes us laugh a lot

Esau Gonzalez Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill is one of the best teachers I've ever had. He has dedicated himself to serving his student by doing everything he can to give them a good education. He has opened up opportunities for the students to expand their learning and even join the workforce. he has exceeded the limits and won't stop till he sees good work. Chef has done a very good job at being a teacher and has touched all of his students hearts.

Julian Posted 3 months ago

Chef has a class that is fun and hard work. He believes we can all do everything and supports us along the way. We learn a lot in his room.

Shander Posted 3 months ago

Chef has the ability to turn your day around and make it awesome.

Star Posted 3 months ago

Chef is the best teacher at Westy. His class is fun and he is cool too.

Julianna Posted 3 months ago

Chef is great, he is always welcoming to us and teaches us cool stuff.

Juan Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill rocks! Pick him and save yourself the time. No one is better.

Felipe Posted 3 months ago

My favorite moment is always eating the tasty food and knowing we could make what Chef thought we could.

Kate Albyn Posted 3 months ago

Chef is an excellent teacher. My students love being in his classroom. I am so impressed with the fact that we have a food truck after only 2 years of his service at WHS.

Nicholas Valle Posted 3 months ago

cheff is so nice and cool and i really dont know him and he doesent know me but i always bee him in lindsays room

Moises Posted 3 months ago

Westminster is very lucky to have Mr.Hill he sounds like a very awesome teacher.

karely ramirez luna Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill really deserves this award. Besides being an awesome teacher, he is a great friend, hes funny, outgoing, positive, outstanding and more. What i mostly like about chef is that he can put a smile in your face any time. :)

leslie Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill really deserves this award because his class was really fun and he was an incredible instructor

Marlin Posted 3 months ago

Chef hill deserves this award because He cooks very well!

Josue Posted 3 months ago

Go Chef Hill! Chef is awesome!

Chris Posted 3 months ago

Westminster High School has awesome programs and is so happy he is nominated.

jesus Posted 3 months ago

i support chef hill 100% for his award

Jorge Posted 3 months ago

He takes his time making sure that everyone understands the work.

jorge Posted 3 months ago

westminister high school is happy to have chris hill

zachariah Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill takes time to work hard and do things right.

diana Posted 3 months ago

Chef Hill takes time to work hard and do things right.

Manny Posted 3 months ago

Chef has a fun classroom his kids learn a lot.

Ivan Posted 3 months ago

i think he is really good at what he does.

Jenny Posted 3 months ago

Chef makes a Westminster High School a great place!

Kelvin Perez flores Posted 3 months ago

Chef hill truly deserves this award more than anybody he’s an incredible instructor and I always look forward to his class and has done so much for the culinary program at westy and has done so much to prepare us for the culinary industry

Destinee Dominguez Posted 3 months ago

Chef Chris Hill definitely truly deserves this award he has been an amazing teacher throughout the years he’s taught. He is supportive and encouraging with every single peer he encounters. On top of that he’s patient with his students and really helps open new opportunities for our future. Thank you Chef Hill for doing a great job being a wonderful chef and person.

Constancia Herrera Posted 3 months ago

Out of all my male teachers he is the best teacher I've had. He has taught me how to improve my skills in culinary arts. And she's always going to be that one teacher how to continue the pathway of my career. He's always going to be the best culinary arts teacher ProStart teacher. ??

Giada Posted 3 months ago

I’ve learned more about how cooking in the past year from zoom classes during quarantine, to home cooking kits when on remote learning time and actually in class. Working on the food truck has been great experience and fun.

Brennan Posted 3 months ago

Some day I want to be a chef so I can have a cool kitchen and help people like Chef does.

Isaiah Nuanes Posted 3 months ago

I couldn't have said anything better myself, Chef Hill has been an amazing and supportive instructor. He has prepared us in every way possible for the culinary industry by teaching us the food portion and business side especially with the food truck. If anyone ever has a problem Chef is always there ready to help in anyway he can, when you are going through high school and a pandemic you need a person like Chef to brighten your day. Like this says, he truly is a life changer

Sydney Gomez Posted 3 months ago

No body deserves this award more than Chris Hill. He has done many amazing things and no matter what, he always puts his students first. Chef Hill had opened up many opportunities for me that have impacted my future in such positive ways. Thank you Chef Hill for everything you have done for me and my classmates.

Alinn Holguin Posted 3 months ago

Mr. Hill is a awesome teacher, it’s always smiles and laughs when we’re with him in the classroom. He’s one of the most helpful , understanding, and caring person you will ever meet.

Anita Cordova Posted 3 months ago

Chef has made a huge impact on my life .He has pushed me to where I’m at now and he always makes sure I’m okay.Hands down best teacher I can’t ever have I have 2 more year in high school and I can’t wait to do pro-start with him.so thank you so much CHEF for all u have done for me you have changed my life :)