Eric Bowen is a Navy veteran who served as a cook aboard the USS Alacrity until 1968. In 1971 Chef Eric graduated from the Culinary Institute of America when the culinary mecca was still located in New Haven Connecticut. Chef Eric is also a graduate of the hotel restaurant program at Northwood University. In 1973 Chef Eric completed an internship at the Villa Freja in Asolo Italy. Applying his extensive culinary background, Chef Eric worked as a culinary arts vocational instructor for the Office of Children and Family Services in New York state for twelve years where he used his teachers certification for food and nutrition to educate juvenile youth about cooking.