Faculty Bio, Elaine Cwynar

Elaine Cwynar

Associate Professor

College/School: College of Culinary Arts
Campus: Providence
Main college/department phone number: 401-598-1925

Elaine Cwynar has been at Johnson & Wales University since 1992, where she teaches classes in American and Continental cuisine, Nutrition & Sensory Analysis, Sanitation Management, and Vegetarian Cuisine. An avid sailor, she has trained JWU students in cooking at sea, and she has helped to lead Employee Enrichment Programs and facilitated seminars at the Center for Teaching Excellence & Distance Learning.

In recognition of her dedication and service, Cwynar received the College’s Nutrition Service Award in 1999, 2000 and 2004, as well as the Outstanding Service Award in 1997, 2000, 2001, and 2007. She received the Robert M. Nograd Teacher of the Year Award in 2005, the 2008 and 2010 Most Valuable Player Award, and the 2009 Les Amis d’Escoffier Society Award.

Prior to coming to JWU Cwynar worked at the Boston School for the Deaf, where she taught culinary and life skills, as well as provided catering services for all school functions. She has also owned and operated several businesses, including The Mills Restaurant in Marstons Mills, Mass., and was chef/hostess/caterer at The Scituate Harbor Yacht Club in Scituate, Mass.

Cwynar serves as part of Team Nutrition for the Kids First program, providing skills and management training for Rhode Island school food service personnel. She also acts as a demonstrator in community centers, teaching families how to choose and prepare healthy foods. She is a member of the Association for Career and Technical Education, the Boston Vegetarian Society, the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the North American Vegetarian Society, and Women Chefs and Restaurateurs.


  • AS, Johnson & Wales University
  • BA, University of Connecticut
  • MA, University of Massachusetts
  • MAT, Johnson & Wales University