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Culinary School Stories

62 EpisodesProduced by Dr. Colin Roche, PhD, MBA, CEC, CCE, FMP, CHEWebsite

Culinary School Stories is a podcast with engaging interviews that shares the stories of people from around the world that have an association with a culinary school in some way. Every week we bring you the best stories from people around the food service world whose lives have been influenced, impa… read more


Story #004 - Doug Wisnioski

NAME: Doug Wisnioski

CULINARY SCHOOL AFFILIATION: Johnson & Wales University, North Miami, FL

BIO: Douglas R. Wisnioski entered the Army through the Army’s Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Eastern Kentucky University majoring in Criminal Justice. He served as an Infantry Platoon Leader and Pathfinder Platoon Leader in Wiesbaden, Germany. He then volunteered for Special Forces training and earned his Green Beret in 1985. 

While in the Special Forces, he served in leadership and staff positions for 16 years including Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Germany, Haiti, and Central and South America until his retirement in 2000 as the Deputy Special Assistant for Public Affairs for the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon. 

Upon retiring from the Army, he served in various positions for defense contracting companies conducting vulnerability assessments for government and corporate clients. Mr. Wisnioski appeared over 30 times as an on-air Military Analyst for Fox News and conducted numerous print and radio interviews on counter-terrorism and defense related subjects. 

At the age of 44, he attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s (FTETC) Police Training Program and became an Area Commander for the Federal Protective Service in Miami, Florida. Douglas R. Wisnioski has over 35 years of leadership, decision-making, management, and problem-resolution skills that he gained from his corporate, military, and law enforcement special operations and security operations experience.

In 2006, he decided to return to school and earned a degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University graduating with honors and earning the Vollrath Culinary Excellence Award. His culinary internships were at the world-renowned Little Palm Island Resort in the Florida Keys and with Chef Andrea Curto-Randazzo at her Talula restaurant in Miami Beach.

After graduation, he worked his way through the ranks, from prep-cook, to catering chef, to private chef, to finally executive chef at ST. Thomas University in Miami. He continues to use his culinary skills today in support of numerous charity events, including “Soup for the Troops” and “Hope for the Warriors”, as well as other benefit events for fallen service member families. He continues to enjoy cooking as a Private Chef for his wife, two dogs, family members and hungry, wayward souls that happen by in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

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ABOUT THE SHOW: Culinary School Stories is a weekly podcast with engaging interviews that shares the stories of people from around the world that have an association with a culinary school in some way. Each episode we bring you the best stories from people around the food service world whose lives have been influenced, impacted, touched and/or enriched, for good or for bad, from their culinary school experience. And this Podcast is dedicated to telling their story!

From current students and alumni, to faculty and administrators, this interview style podcast allows for longer, more in-depth, open discussions about issues, stories and tales surrounding culinary school. We hope you will listen in and learn what each of our guests has to say as we talk to them about their relationship to culinary school, as well as their journey, the people who helped them, and their goals and dreams for the future. Join us as we ask and discover, “What’s your culinary school story?”


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