Christopher Koetke has been a culinary instructor at The School of the Culinary Arts of Kendall College since January 1998. He was appointed Dean of the School of Culinary Arts in 2005.
Christopher began cooking professionally in 1982, starting at local restaurants in his hometown, Valparaiso, Ind. He soon moved to Chicago and procured a position at L'Escargot on Halsted. Eager to expand his knowledge of fine cuisine, Christopher traveled to France where he worked in some of the country's finest kitchens: Pavillon Elysees, Pierre Gagnaire, Taillevent and Pierre Orsi.
Upon his return to the United States, Christopher began a five year tenure at the world famous Le Français in Wheeling, Ill. During this time, Christopher finished third in the U.S. finals of the Bocuse d'Or culinary competition. In 1992, Christopher became the executive chef of Chicago's Les Nomades restaurant. While there, he was named Chef of the Year by the Chicago chapter of the International Food and Wine Society.
Christopher has a B.A. degree in French literature from Valparaiso University, a Certificat de la Langue Francaise from the Sorbonne in Paris and an MBA from Dominican University. He sits on numerous boards and is a founding member of the Greater Midwestern Foodways Alliance. Christopher is a frequent presenter at different forums internally as well as a frequent guest on Chicago TV and radio.