Christopher Koetke, M.B.A., C.E.C., C.C.E., H.A.A.C, is executive director of the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, in Chicago, and vice president of culinary arts for Laureate International Universities, where he is responsible for strategic leadership of culinary arts programs throughout the Laureate network.
Executive Director School of Culinary ArKoetke has served as dean of Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts since 2005. He joined Kendall College in 1998, serving first as a culinary instructor and later as associate dean. Under his leadership, the School of Culinary Arts was awarded the Academy of the Culinary Arts Cordon d’ Or – Gold Ribbon Cooking School of the Year Culinary Academy Award for 2008. Also that year, the culinary arts program was named “exemplary culinary program” by the American Culinary Federation. In 2005, he launched the schools sustainability program that, today, is woven throughout the curriculum and the school’s operational practices. In 2007, Kendall was the recipient of the Green Award presented by Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI), the first every presented to a culinary-training program. In 2008, with his leadership, Kendall expanded its sustainability commitment to provide education on this critical issue to the broader foodservice industry. In 2009, the school was named the official educational partner of the National Restaurant Association Conserve Environmental Initiative. Kendall is the only culinary school in the U.S. to receive Certified Green Restaurant status from the Green Restaurant Association for both the Dining Room and Cafeteria.
Chef Koetke is a well-known expert on culinary matters and is a sought after speaker at conferences both nationally and internationally. In 2010, he was given the inaugural Chefs Collaborative Pathfinder Award his work in making sustainability mainstream both within foodservice operations and education.