Christopher Gaulke is a lecturer in food and beverage management at the Cornell Nolan School of Hotel Administration. He teaches courses in restaurant management, purchasing and supply chain management, and new product development. Professor Gaulke realized his affinity for restaurants and foodservice at a young age and has since gained more than 20 years of practical experience working in a variety of different foodservice operations, including quick-service, casual, and upscale restaurants, as well as retail and institutional foodservice. In that time, he gained significant knowledge of both front- and back-of-house operations and held several top managerial positions, including general manager, executive chef, and foodservice manager.
While earning his MBA, Professor Gaulke realized his passion for teaching through instructing courses in food production, sanitation, beverage management, and global hospitality. Consequently, Professor Gaulke began his Ph.D. studies at Purdue University, where he focused his studies and research on foodservice operations, local food supply chains and regional food hubs, and food safety in farmers’ markets. During this time, he also taught courses in sanitation, quantity food production, and advanced restaurant management.
Professor Gaulke is a member of the National Restaurant Association, a Certified Chef de Cuisine, a Certified ServSafe Instructor, and a Registered ServSafe Examination Proctor for the National Restaurant Association.