Kelly Patkus

Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2012

Professor Kelly Patkus

Contact Info


Kelly Patkus ’07 has won a number of silver and gold medals in several ACF sanctioned pastry competitions and currently holds the ACF distinction of Certified Executive Pastry Chef. The North Carolina State business graduate worked for several years for the American Heart Association. She then followed her passion for pastry and attended JWU Charlotte where she earned an associate degree in baking & pastry arts as a Garnish Your Degree student. Patkus left Charlotte to work at The Cloister Sea Island Resort in Georgia, a five-star diamond property, then moved to Texas where she was the Executive Pastry Chef at the Fort Worth Club.

She became a faculty member on the Charlotte Campus in 2012. In 2015, she was selected for the coveted Legacy Award from the Les Dames d’Escoffier where she spent a week working on a sustainable farm on the Big Island of Hawaii. In 2016 Patkus finished her Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont. She is currently a faculty advisor at The Coop school garden and serves on the Campus Sustainability Council.


  • M.S., Sustainable Food Systems, Green Mountain College
  • B.S., Business Management, North Carolina State University
  • A.A.S., Baking & Pastry Arts, Johnson & Wales University

I am currently a faculty advisor at The Coop school garden and I serve on the Campus Sustainability Council.

Teaching Interests

Baking and Pastry Foundations
Modern Plated Desserts
Boutique Style Pastries
Frozen Desserts
Food Sustainability


  • BPA1720 Plated Desserts
  • BPA1701 Foundations of Baking & Pastry

Professional Affiliations

Piedmont Culinary Guild, Chair, Education Committee
American Culinary Federation, Member


Honors And Awards

  • Les Dames d'Escoffier, 2015 Legacy Award Winner - Farm to Table Experience.

Q&A with Kelly

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?

The Food and Beverage Industry is constantly changing. To be successful it is important that you stay current with industry news and industry trends to help you navigate your own path.