Deet Gilbert

Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2006

JWU Associate Professor Deet Gilbert

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Raised in New Orleans, Deet Gilbert attended college at Green Mountain College in Vermont, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. She returned home to attend graduate school at the University of New Orleans, where she received an M.F.A. in Drama and Communications. In 2017, she received a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management from Johnson & Wales University.

Gilbert spent 15 years working in the front of the house, moving in and out of management. Eventually, she landed at Bayona, one of the city’s top restaurants. She was there for five years before moving onto another one of the city’s gems, Peristyle. It was at these two restaurants that she really honed her fine dining service skills.

In the summer of 2005, Gilbert moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. She spent a year managing Upstream before joining the faculty at Johnson & Wales University.

Gilbert holds the Hospitality Grand Master Certification, which is the Federation of Dining Room Professionals’ highest level certification. She is also a Certified Hospitality Educator, a Certified Specialist of Wine and a Certified Specialist of Spirits. She holds a Level 2 WSET Professional Certification in Spirits, and Level 3 WSET Advanced Certificate in Wine, as well as the French Wine Scholar (FWS) Certification from the Wine Scholar Guild.


  • M.S., Human Resource Management, Johnson & Wales University
  • M.F.A., Drama & Communication, University of New Orleans
  • B.A., Liberal Studies, Green Mountain College

You'll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Attributed to Benjamin Franklin

Teaching Interests

Restaurant Service
Human Resources


  • CUL2510 Contemporary Restaurant Operations and Management
  • FSM3035 Supervision for Food Service Professionals
  • LEAD1010 Foundations of Leadership Studies
  • MGMT2001 Human Resource Management
  • FSM2055 Beverage Appreciation
  • CUL4185 Sommelier Capstone

Extra Curricular Roles

Faculty Advisor: Bartender's Guild


Professional Affiliations

Federation of Dining Room Professionals, 2006–present
Wine Scholar Guild, 2012–present
Piedmont Culinary Guild, 2016–present
Southern Foodways Alliance, 2016–present

Q&A with Deet

At JWU, education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom. You’re not going to spend four years with your nose buried in a book, learning theories you may never get a chance to apply — you’re going to get out there and apply them, be it through internships, group projects, leadership opportunities, competitions and more.

What Advice Do You Have For Incoming Freshmen?

Everyone has something to teach you, you just have to be open to learning. You'll get out of it what you put into it. Get involved on campus. Go to class, even when you don't feel like it. Communicate with your instructors, often and honestly.

What College Do You Teach In?

College of Food Innovation & Technology