Familiar Faces: Catching up with Jon Skoviera, Executive Chef at Panther Dining Hall
A series catching up with the campus figures who made your time at Florida Tech memorable.
Jon Skoviera, executive chef at Panther Dining Hall, has been part of the Florida Tech community for 16 years, crafting a premier dining experience for the students, faculty and staff at the university. We spoke with Skoviera about his time at Florida Tech, his role and more.
How long have you worked at Florida Tech?
I started in October 2006, so 16 years so far.
What’s the secret to that kind of longevity?
Enjoying what I do. I really love food and the creative aspect of the job. We also have a really great team here!
What is your role here, and how has it evolved over the years?
I am in charge of all culinary for the campus to include recipe research, development, testing, implementation and documentation; menu cycle creation for PDH; and campus catering. I started in the SUB Café [now Panther Food Court] running an a la carte operation and catering. I became the executive chef in 2011, when Panther Dining Hall opened.
What are some of the initiatives you’ve been a part of during your time at Florida Tech?
The opening of Panther Dining Hall, creation of the International Dining and Global Kitchen series and the expansion of the catering department.
How have you seen the university evolve over your time here?
The addition of multiple buildings and overall growth of the university. The university has wider national recognition and has become a leader in STEM research.
What are some of the memories at Florida Tech that stand out to you?
Winning the People’s Choice Award for the first annual Downtown Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Being a part of our student employees’ lives and watching them graduate and move on into successful careers.
What inspires you now at the university?
A love of food from all over the world, to continue to improve the variety, creativity, quality and offerings for everyone at Florida Tech.
This piece was featured in the spring 2023 edition of Florida Tech Magazine.