Thao Rich

Chef, Associate Instructor

JWU Faculty Since 2016


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About Thao

A JWU alum of the Baking & Pastry Arts Bachelor program, Chef Rich has honed her skills in prominent Boston-area restaurants and bakeries. In 2011, she began her teaching career at Le Cordon Bleu in Cambridge, MA. This facilitated her return to Johnson & Wales as an instructor.

Chef Rich enjoys being a mom to 2 boys, cooking, crafts, home improvement, and yoga when she is not baking.


  • B.S. BPA, Johnson & Wales University
  • M.S. FIT, Johnson & Wales University, Candidate May 2024

Each student has a different takeaway from every demo, lesson, or course. A former student returned to say hello one semester and said that her a-ha moment in my class was when I described the importance of freshly ground black pepper as opposed to using pre-ground pepper. It struck me that a conversational tangent during a demo could be one of the most memorable moments a student takes from my class. Each individual has such a different experience in what could be a demo I've done dozens of times; this moment of reminiscence between myself and this student really brought me clarity and joy.


  • BPA1701 Foundations of Baking & Pastry
  • BPA1710 Principles of Cake Decorating & Design
  • BPA1720 Plated Desserts
  • BPA2710 Advanced Pastry Applications
  • BPA2720 Artisan Café
  • FSM1165 The Food Safety Manager

Extra Curricular Roles

Co-Advisor, Cooking Asia Club