Chef NaDean Johnson

Chef Instructor, Baking & Pastry Arts, General Education

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Location: Online Programs
Favorite Dish: Butternut squash ravioli with sage brown butter

"I enjoy the mentoring aspect of working with my students and watching them flourish as bakers."

Chef NaDean Johnson


Chef NaDean was the Owner and Head Baker of NaDean’s Coffee & Bakery from 1999 to 2005, before selling the bakeshop to return to school to complete her education and fulfill her passion for teaching.

She was formerly a Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts Instructor and brings a background in social media management, business consulting, and team training. She is interested in coffee, beer, and wine tasting and pairing, and used to be a level 1 Sommelier.

Honors, Awards & Affiliations

  • ServSafe® Manager
  • ServSafe® Inventory and Cost Control

Professional EXPERIENCE

  • Owner & Head Baker - NaDean's Coffee & Bakery, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts Instructor - Benton Harbor, MI
  • Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts Consultant and Trainer - MI
  • Pastry Lead Chef Instructor - Escoffier
  • Chef Instructor - Escoffier


  • Master's of Arts in Higher Education Leadership, Siena Heights University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communications, Siena Heights University
  • Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts, Lake Michigan College

Special Interests

Running, crocheting, and going on epic road trips and adventures!

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