Chef Kurt Kwiatkowski
Senior Executive Chef, Residential Dining
Kurt Kwiatkowski is the Senior Executive Chef of Residential Dining for Culinary Services. In this role, he sets the standards for all menus in MSU’s residential dining halls, monitors and upholds food standards, runs the research and development of new menu items and recipe development, and develops culinary training for all full-time and management staff. Chef Kurt sights solid culinary fundamentals and strong local and state partnerships as some of the keys to MSU’s success.
For more than 35 years, he has worked in kitchens, learning the essentials of running a kitchen with chains such as Houston’s Restaurant, Paragon Restaurant Group, Morrison’s Restaurant Group, Ritz-Carlton, and independent restaurants in Atlanta, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Food Systems Management and Economics and a master’s degree from The School of Hospitality Business, both from MSU. He was also a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America CEIP program.
Chef Kurt is an active member of the American Culinary Federation, winning more than 30 medals in culinary competitions and several certifications, as well as presenting at regional and national conferences. He was voted Chef of the Year for the Detroit Chef De Cuisine Association in 2018. In August of 2019, Chef Kurt was also inducted into the American Academy of Chefs, which was a career goal of his for many years.