Academy Faculty


Chef Victoria Hooker CCC, CCE, MBA
Academy Facilitator

Culinary Arts Instructor

Chef Hooker brings a wealth of knowledge from her time and experience at various operations.  She attended Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, SC, where she received her AOS in Culinary Arts and her BS in Food Service Management. She completed her MBA in Hospitality Management in 2011 and received her Certified Chef de Cuisine and Certified Culinary Educator from the American Culinary Federation.  Chef Hooker served as Assistant Director of Culinary Education at The Art Institute of Dallas, and also as a Chef Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Dallas, TX. Most recently, Chef Hooker was the Executive Chef for Southern Methodist University.  Chef Hooker is focused on quality and execution and is excited to bring her passion to the Byron Nelson High School community.

Chef Hooker teaches Culinary Arts 


Chef Joseph Maher

Culinary Arts Instructor

Chef Maher is a sixth year instructor at the Academy of Culinary Arts & Hospitality at Byron Nelson High School. Chef Maher has spent the last twenty years working in the food industry where he was in charge of kitchens in major corporations such as The Cheesecake Factory, La Madeleine, HEB Corporation (Central Market), Eatzi’s and many others. Chef Maher was also the Chef/Owner of his own fine dining restaurant, Mirabelle, where he was rated a 4-star restaurant for eight years in the Dallas area.

Chef Maher teaches Practicum of Culinary Arts Extended where students are in charge of operating and maintaining the restaurant at the Culinary Academy, Byron Bistro.


Mrs. Verneé Reese
Culinary & Hospitality Instructor

Mrs. Reese is a third year teacher and graduate from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana with an extensive background in Culinary & Hospitality Management. With a vast knowledge of the industry, Mrs. Reese  looks forward to inspiring students in a career she’s grown to love. Mrs. Reese has trained and managed teams in school cafeterias, Eli Lilly, Lockheed Martin as well as school Administrative Dining. Mrs. Reese enjoys inspiring students with zeal to be the absolute best version of themselves.

Mrs. Reese teaches Principles of Hospitality & Tourism,
Introduction to Culinary Arts,
and Practicum of Culinary Arts Extended