City notes: Ian Lynch is executive chef of Cowford Chophouse

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Ian Lynch has been named executive chef of the Cowford Chophouse.

He is executive chef of Forking Amazing Restaurants, which owns the Chophouse. Lynch will begin his new job in the summer.

Since joining Forking Amazing in 2012, he has been executive chef for the company’s three other restaurants: Ovinte, Bistro Aix and Il Desco.

At the Chophouse, he will manage back-of-house hiring and training, menu development and kitchen operations.

Jacques Klempf, a founding partner in Forking Amazing, said Lynch has “taken an active role in all of our concepts to date.”

“He is the very best person to lead the culinary program at the Cowford Chophouse and we look forward to toasting his success when it opens this fall,” Klempf said.

Lynch earned his culinary degree from Johnson & Wales University-Denver. He also has a bachelor’s degree in hotel, motel and restaurant management from Northern Arizona University.

Magnificat Café Downtown adds Saturday brunch

After a dozen years of serving lunch to Downtown patrons, The Magnificat Café is now serving Saturday brunch.

The decision was made because weekend activities are drawing more people to the urban core, according to a news release. In addition to people attending the events, the restaurant expects to attract residents from Downtown, as well as San Marco, Riverside and Springfield.

The restaurant, located at 231 N. Laura St., will serve brunch from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

FSCJ forensics team places second in competition

Florida State College at Jacksonville’s forensics team finished second in the 2016 Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Championship.

This is the highest the team has placed in more than two decades.

“This year’s competition was very impressive and challenging,” said Chad Kuyper, FSCJ’s professor of speech and director of forensics. “Our students competed against some of the absolute best teams across the region.”

Several FSCJ students were state champions: Samantha Radomski, prose interpretation; Adonis Lane and Kristen Karlik, duo interpretation; and Julian Lopez, communication analysis.

Kuper and Michael Chouinard, a professor of speech, coach the team.

UNF professors receive second grant for research program

Professors in the Coastal Biology Flagship Program at the University of North Florida received a grant of more than $300,000 from the National Science Foundation to continue an intensive summer research internship for undergraduate students to study coastal ecosystems.

Matthew Gilg, professor of biology, and Jim Gelsleichter, associate professor of biology, received funding for “Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Coastal Biology on Florida’s First Coast.”

The previous grant of more than $370,000 started in summer 2013. The new grant starts May 1 and runs into 2019.

This will be the fourth group of students to participate in the internship.

Ten undergraduate students from across the country will participate in a 10-week summer program focused on coastal biology, particularly threats to the biological resources of the Northeast Florida coast.

Those threats include ecological and economic damage due to invasive species, climate change, pollution, overharvest of fisheries resources and habitat loss due to overdevelopment.

Rudloff joins Volunteers in Medicine's board of directors

Jacqueline Rudloff has been named to the board of directors for Volunteers in Medicine.

She is a global markets attorney for Deutsche Bank who will serve on the nonprofit’s finance and advancement committees.

In addition to being a member of the 2015 Leadership Jacksonville class, Rudloff is active in several community and professional organizations. She is currently assistant governor for Rotary.

Volunteers in Medicine was founded in 2003. The Downtown clinic sees patients five days a week. It does not receive federal funding.

For information on the nonprofit, visit