Chris Wagner

Master Instructor,  College of Culinary Arts

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This is the most amazing job I have ever had + it still keeps exciting me daily. Teaching is not a job — it is a passion!“

Bio

My culinary career began in my native Germany. After my 3-year apprenticeship, I worked my way up to the role of executive chef at age 25 for a high-end fine dining restaurant at the Hotel Via Claudia in Gersthofen. I became known as the chef who researched and transformed recipes from the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages into modern and highly contemporary compositions of the “Nouvelle Cuisine” era.

Education was very important to me and it quickly became clear that I was going to gain my Master Chef Certification, which is a mandatory requirement in Europe in order to train apprentices. In 1993 I went back to school to study for my certification; at age 29, I graduated and became one of the youngest Masterchefs at Industrie und Handelskammer (IHK).

A year later I was hired as the chef on a luxury yacht stationed in Palm Beach, Florida. As a private chef on this yacht, I traveled the world and cooked for movie stars, world leaders, industrial billionaires and royalty.

After more than 5 years I left the yacht to pursue my dream of education. I started as instructor at a culinary school in Lakeland, Florida. Soon afterwards I was discovered by JWU’s North Miami Campus.

I went back to school and got my Masters in Education, which was crucial to my dream of educating young chefs at Johnson & Wales University.

This is the most amazing job I have ever had and it still keeps exciting me daily. Teaching is not a job — it is a passion!

Areas of Expertise

  • Culinary Arts
  • Baking & Pastry Arts
  • Education administration for higher education