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Christopher Koetke


Vice President, School of Culinary Arts

Chris Koetke is Vice President of Strategy and Industry Relations. He joined Kendall’s faculty in 1998, and was named dean of the School of Culinary Arts in 2005. Under Chris’s leadership, Kendall’s School of Culinary Arts was named Cooking School of the Year in 2008 by the Academy of the Culinary Arts Cordon d’ Or – Gold Ribbon. Also that year, the school’s culinary-arts program was named an “exemplary culinary program” by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). In addition to hosting the Midwest Emmy-nominated cooking show, “Let’s Dish,” on the Live Well HD network, Koetke is a regular editorial contributor to Flavor & The Menu magazine and the Chicago Tribune. He is also co-author of the award-winning The Culinary Professional (Goodheart-Willcox, 2010), a comprehensive and widely used introductory culinary-arts textbook for high-school students. Chris also received the prestigious Worldchefs Education Award in 2016 in honor and recognition of his commitment to educating up-and-coming chefs and current members of the international culinary community.


Currently serving as a Conseillèr Culinaire Provincial for the Midwest region in La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs—the world’s oldest international gastronomic society—Koetke also is the recent past chair and continues to serve on the American Culinary Federation Foundation (ACFF) Accrediting Commission. Additionally, he is an active member of the Conserve Action Council of the National Restaurant Association (NRA), ACF, Research Chefs Association, International Foodservice Editorial Council (IFEC) and Les Disciples d’Escoffier.

Koetke has served as a board member of IFEC, the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and Dairy Board Innovation Center. Globally, he holds honorary memberships in the Indian Federation of Culinary Associations and Chef Association of Kyrgyzstan, and serves on the education committee of the World Association of Chefs Societies (WorldChefs).

Certified as an executive chef (CEC) and culinary educator (CCE) by the ACF—the largest organization of professional culinarians in the United States—Koetke has been an honorary member (HAAC) of the ACF’s honor society, the American Academy of Chefs, since 2011. He is a known and respected expert on all matters culinary and a sought-after speaker at foodservice, food-manufacturing and hospitality conferences around the world. Additionally, he regularly consults for a wide range of foodservice entities throughout the United States and abroad.

Koetke earned his MBA from Dominican University in River Forest, Ill., a bachelor’s degree in French literature from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind., and a Certificat de la Langue Française from the Sorbonne in Paris, France. In 2011, he was honored as an outstanding alumnus from the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University, and two years later received an alumni achievement award from Valparaiso University.

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