Fred Tiess

Master Instructor

JWU Faculty Since 1995

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About Fred

Prior to joining the faculty in the College of Food Innovation & Technology, Fred Tiess had worked in various culinary leadership positions for five-star resorts, private clubs and independent restaurants.

While serving as the executive chef of a AAA four-star hotel in Virginia Beach, he frequently hired JWU graduates because of their superior level of performance. In 1995, he joined the faculty at JWU Norfolk to inspire and equip the next generation of chefs and entrepreneurs. This journey led to him to earn a master’s degree in Entrepreneurship. The path has continued into teaching entrepreneurship courses for College of Business to help students realize their professional and lifelong aspirations of starting a new culinary endeavor.

This classically trained, award-winning chef is a life-long learner. After graduate school he pursued training and certification to become a World Certified Master Chef. In addition to being a Master Instructor, he is the owner of several ventures and works with young entrepreneurs to pursue their aspirations.


  • M.E., Western Carolina University
  • B.S., Johnson and Wales University
  • A.O.S., The Culinary Institute of America
  • A.A.S., Dutchess Community College

The most important thing I have learned throughout my career is that when we serve others we are afforded the opportunity positively impact their journey.

Teaching Interests

Global Cuisines
Restaurant Operations

Scholarly Interests

Product Innovation
Quality Assurance


  • CUL2810 Global a la Carte
  • ENTR2001 Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Extra Curricular Roles

Nondiscrimination Campus Liaison

Professional Affiliations

World Association of Chefs: Certified Master Chef

American Culinary Federation: Certified Executive Chef, Certified Culinary Administrator, Certification Evaluator and Mentor

National Restaurant Association: Food Management Professional