Chef Joseph Celmer

Chef Instructor, Culinary Arts

Instructor Joey Celmer
Location: Online Programs
Favorite Dish: Anything Beef

"I enjoy all of the different students I get to meet from all over the country with different levels of experience and backgrounds."

Chef Joseph Celmer


Chef Joseph worked at a Michelin Star restaurant, as well as an Executive Chef for for British Airways and for Windsor Golf Hotel & Resort in Nairobi, Kenya. He won Chef Choice Award in Yummy Magazine, Best Pizza in Kenya in Yummy Magazine, and the Presidents Citation for Excellence in Culinary Arts between 2015 and 2016.

He was also a private chef for professional athletes in the Chicago area before moving into culinary education and curriculum development. Chef Joseph is a member of the American Culinary Federation.

Honors, Awards & Affiliations

  • ServSafe® Certified Test Proctor
  • ServSafe® Certified Instructor
  • Certified Food Safety Manager
  • Chef Choice Award, Yummy Magazine 2016
  • Best Pizza in Kenya, Yummy Magazine 2016
  • Presidents Citation for Excellence in Culinary Arts, 2015

Professional EXPERIENCE

  • Culinary Educator - Johnson & Wales
  • Curriculum Development - Culinary Education in the Illinois Justice System
  • Executive Chef - British Airways, Chicago, IL
  • Executive Chef - Windsor Golf Hotel & Resort, Nairobi, Kenya


  • Doctorate of Education, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Master's of Music Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Bachelor's of Music, Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL

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