Rollie Wesen

Assistant Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2011

Rollie Wesen, M.Ed.

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About Rollie

Rollie Wesen is assistant professor at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, and 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.

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 and is currently working toward 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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