Joseph D. Kalfus

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Primary Department:
 Location: OCT 148
Office Hours Additional Information 
Online by Appointment


M.A. Ed, Career Technical Education
Northern Arizona University
B.S. Hotel and Restaurant Management
Northern Arizona University

Chef Kalfus' experience in the hospitality field spans 30+ years. Beginning with working in independent restaurants as a teenager. Chef Kalfus went on to earn a degree at Northern Arizona University in Hotel and Restaurant Management. With that degree he had the opportunity to work for Marriott Properties (Fairfield Inn and Camelback Inn). He also spent time operating restaurants, spending 9 years working for The Old Spaghetti Factory. There he learned the skills needed for managing all aspects in hospitality related fields, working as a Kitchen Manager, Dining Room Manager, and General Manager.

Chef Kalfus has spent the last 20+ years teaching culinary and hospitality at both the high school and college level. During this time, he returned to Northern Arizona University to earn a Master's Degree in Vocational Education. Chef Kalfus has had the opportunity to teach across the Maricopa County Community College District System, spending time at Estrella Mountain CC, Scottsdale, CC, Mesa CC, as well as Phoenix College. Additionally, Chef Kalfus spent four years teaching for Le Cordon Bleu as an Associate Online Professor of Hospitality Management. 

Since 2014, Chef Kalfus was the Culinary, Commercial Baking, and Hospitality Program Director at the East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa, Arizona. There he also coached the FCCLA culinary competition team.

Chef Kalfus joined the residential faculty at Estrella Mountain Community College's Culinary Institute during the summer of 2021.

College Service 
1998- Spring 2021t: Adjunct Faculty Member (Scottsdale Community College, Mesa Community College, Estrella Mountain Community College)
2011-2014 OYO: Phoenix College
Az FCS Ed: Executive Board, Treasurer
Conference Presentations 

Association of Career and Technical Educators of Arizona State Conference Presenter

2017 Topic: 

  1. Starting School-Based Enterprises

2018 Topic:

  1. ServSafe Best Preparation Best Practices

2019 Topic 

  1. ServSafe Best Preparation Best Practices 2.0

2021 Topics:

  1. 60 Minute Culinary Labs 
  2. Managing Catering and Banquets as a School Based Enterprise
  3. Proposing Local Occupation Programs for Commercial Baking
  4. Improving Hospitality Management Programs at the Secondary Level

Scottsdale Unified School District Food Services

  1. 2018 Implementing HACCP into school caferia production
Awards and Recognitions 

Certified Food Service Manager, ServSafe

Certified Food Service Manager Instructor/Proctor, ServSafe

Classes Current Teaching
Name Title Term Days Times/Dates
CUL119 View class details for Baking Theory and Retail Operations (CUL119)Baking Theory and Retail Operations FAL21 AUG 23 - DEC 17
CUL201 View class details for International Cuisine (CUL201)International Cuisine FAL21 TR 8:00am - 12:30pm
AUG 24 - OCT 15
CUL213 View class details for Buffet Catering (CUL213)Buffet Catering FAL21 TR 8:00am - 12:30pm
OCT 26 - DEC 17