Donald Brizes

Associate Professor,  College of Food Innovation & Technology

Contact Information
Professor Don Brizes
I teach, train + advise all on-campus food operations on the proper and safe handling of food. I also serve as the lead instructor and contact person for FSM1065: Food Safety and Sanitation.“


Donald Brizes received his master’s degree in secondary education from The University of Akron (UA). He joined the Charlotte Campus in 2005 from Pittsburgh, Pa., where for 6 years he was the Director of Continuing Education at the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute.

In addition, Brizes taught in the associate degree program at UA and was executive chef at the Martin University Center, a public restaurant and banquet facility on campus. Brizes spent more than 27 years working in the Cleveland-Akron area restaurant and hotel industry. Brizes holds a bachelor’s degree in education and an associate degree in hotel restaurant management.

Brizes serves as the food safety liaison for the Charlotte Campus. In this capacity, he inspects all labs and on-campus food service facilities; he also teaches, trains and advises all campus food operations on the proper and safe handling of food. Since 2006, he has served on the university and culinary arts outcomes assessment committees.

Areas of Expertise

  • Food safety


  • Instructor and proctor, National Registry for Food Safety Professionals

Recent Presentations

  • “Special Processes in Food Production,” Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) Conference, 2016.

Sample Courses

  • CUL 1015: Introduction to Culinary Foundations
  • CUL 1035: Culinary Fundamentals
  • CUL 1135: Purchasing, Product Identification & Protein Fabrication
  • FSM 1065: Food Safety & Sanitation Management
  • FSM 2045: Intro to Menu Planning & Cost Control