Rollie Wesen

Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2011

Rollie Wesen, M.Ed.

Contact Info


Rollie Wesen is assistant professor at Johnson & Wales University in Providence. After 20 years of professional cooking experience, including stints at Michelin-starred restaurants in London and France, eight years in New York City, and as a banquet chef for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Wesen joined the faculty at Johnson & Wales University. He has since earned a master’s degree in education has earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership, as well as his Executive Chef Certification through the American Culinary Federation (ACF).

Every set of students is on a curve. Some come to culinary school with professional cooking experience, while others have never held a knife. The key is to challenge each one to grow from the point at which they started.


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Professional Affiliations

Chef Wesen is a resident lecturer at Boston University and at the Community Kitchen, RI Food Bank. He is also the co-founder and chief operations officer of the nonprofit Jacques Pépin Foundation.