Joseph Kalfus

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Culinary Arts Faculty
 Location: OCT 148
10:00 am-12:30 am
1:00 pm-1:30 am
10:00 am-12:30 am
1:00 pm-1:30 pm
Office Hours Additional Information 
Fridays 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 
AY 23- AY 25 - Faculty Liaison for Dual Enrollment
2011-2014 OYO: Phoenix College
1998- Spring 2021t: Adjunct Faculty Member (Scottsdale Community College, Mesa Community College, Estrella Mountain Community College)
District Service 
Multiple Attendance Options District Cohort
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

2022 Topics

  1. Making the most of a strong dual enrollment partnership
  2. Basics to successful culinary labs
  3. Rethinking how we teach ServSafe for results
  4. ServSafe topics that fall through the cracks.

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
CUL203 View class details for American Regional Cuisine (CUL203)American Regional Cuisine SPR24 TR 8:00am - 1:15pm
JAN 16 - MAR 8
CUL205 View class details for French Cuisine (CUL205)French Cuisine SPR24 TR 8:00am - 1:15pm
MAR 19 - MAY 10
CUL170 View class details for Dining Room Operations I (CUL170)Dining Room Operations I SUM24 W 8:00am - 1:00pm
MAY 29 - AUG 1
CUL201 View class details for International Cuisine (CUL201)International Cuisine FAL24 TR 8:00am - 1:00pm
OCT 22 - DEC 13
CUL213 View class details for Buffet Catering (CUL213)Buffet Catering FAL24 TR 8:00am - 1:00pm
AUG 20 - OCT 11

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