Corporate Executive Chef
Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Inc.
Session: Redefining Quality: The Key to Up Leveling Plant-Based Products
Chef Christopher Koetke, CEC CCE HAAC, is currently Corporate Executive Chef at Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Inc. He learned his craft the old fashion way, working in kitchens and learning on the job in Europe and the USA. He was the executive chef at Les Nomades in Chicago for five years and also worked at the famed Le Francais restaurant in Wheeling, IL. He formerly served as the executive director of the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, in Chicago, and vice president of culinary arts for Laureate International Universities, where he was responsible for strategic leadership of culinary arts programs throughout the Laureate network. Koetke is a well-known expert on culinary matters, especially given his global travels experimenting with ingredients and flavors worldwide. In 2010, he was given the inaugural Chefs Collaborative Pathfinder Award for his work in making sustainability mainstream both within foodservice operations and education and serves as the Chair of the Feed the Planet Committee of Worldchefs.