Chef Kurt Kwiatkowski
Corporate Chef, Culinary Services
Kurt Kwiatkowski is the Senior Executive Chef of the award-winning Culinary Services Residential Dining in the Division of Residential and Hospitality Services at Michigan State University (MSU). As the Senior Executive Chef, 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 is responsible for the culinary vision, systems and strategy for almost 40,000 meals per day. Chef Kurt sights solid culinary fundamentals, and local/state partnerships as one of the keys to MSU’s success.
Chef Kwiatkowski sees the importance of fundamentals and technique in cooking. He has worked in kitchens for more than 35 years, learning solid fundamentals 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.
Kurt is an active member in the American Culinary Federation, wining over 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 Kwiatkowski was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs, which was a career goal of his for many years.