Karl J. Guggenmos, university dean of culinary education, is responsible for creating a vision, providing strategy and leadership and exploring growth initiatives for JWU’s College of Culinary Arts. Assuming his current position in 2004, Guggenmos was previously dean of the College of Culinary Arts in Providence and a faculty member and director of culinary education at JWU’s former Charleston Campus. He was twice voted Chef Instructor of the Year and featured on the PBS series, “Master Class at Johnson & Wales.” In 2008 Guggenmos earned the distinction of Global Master Chef, the highest level to be awarded to a chef, from the World Association of Chefs Societies. He earned his Master Chef status in Germany in 1981 and is a member of the American Academy of Chefs. Guggenmos has received many honors, including the American Culinary Federation’s Presidents Award in 2010 and being chosen as an Olympic Torch Bearer for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City after being nominated by a former student. Guggenmos is a member of several boards including the Tastemasters Advisory board of Starbucks, the Board of Education of At-Sunrice Global Chef Academy in Singapore, the Institute of Culinary Arts in Germany and the Global Board of Advisors for The Growing Connection, an initiative of the United Nations. He is also the chair of the American Culinary Federation Certification Commission, and a member of the Honorable Order of the Golden Toque and the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Guggenmos was the keynote speaker for many national and international events including the National Conference for Food Protection in 2010, Gourmet Abu Dhabi 2009, and the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore in 2004 and 2005.
A native of Germany, Guggenmos served as a corporate level chef at country clubs, hotels and restaurants in the US and abroad before entering the field of education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in food service management and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from JWU.