A month after Pete Wells knocked Guy Fieri’s newest restaurant in his New York Times review, the celebrity chef is still going strong—and getting awards to boot.

On December 18, the University of Las Vegas handed Fieri an honorary doctorate for “his public service, for maintaining a strong connection with UNLV students, and for supporting hotel college fundraising efforts.” A 1990 graduate of the school’s hotel school, (Dr.) Fieri credits the chefs and mentors at the school with helping to “set the table” for his career.

Fieri also dished up some wise words for graduating students: “Work hard, get experience.”

[via Eater]