Minnesota Culinary Grad Ensures that NFL’s Vikings Eat Well at Home and On the Road

By: The Art Institutes Filed under: Culinary

October 26, 2017


Chef Geji McKinney-Banks, a two-time graduate* of The Art Institutes International Minnesota, is the Director of Food Operations for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. This coming weekend, when the team is on the road in London, England, she’ll oversee the preparation of more than 15 meals for the players—including nightly snacks—to keep them in tip-top culinary shape.

To prepare for the event, Geji traveled twice to London to taste-test food and explore the area. She discovered that cultural differences meant that she needed to prepare ahead for the team. She wanted to be certain that the players ate well without many compromises. She even shipped food to England to ensure that they would have food they preferred and were used to eating.

“I’ve always said I wanted to be a world-class chef,” she said. “That’s the kind of thing you write down and put away when you’re 11 years old. We’re going to another country, and I look at this as my opportunity. I love this and I’m so confident in what I do.”

Read more about Chef Geji’s preparations, and how she prepares the team’s meals while at home, in this recent article on

* Geji earned two culinary degrees from The Art Institutes International Minnesota. In 2006 she finished an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts, and in 2011 she completed a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management.

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By: The Art Institutes Filed under: Culinary

October 26, 2017

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