Michael D. Makuch is a Department Chair for the College of Culinary Arts and Director of the Ecolab Center for Culinary Science at Johnson & Wales University. He is a Certified Executive Chef with the American Culinary Federation and his expertise includes spa cuisine, culinary nutrition, and curriculum development. Michael joined the faculty at Johnson & Wales University in 2007, within the Culinary Nutrition Department. In 2011 Michael was awarded the Robert M. Nograd Teacher of the Year Award, and was promoted to Assistant Professor. As advisor of the Nutrition Society Michael developed culinary nutrition outreach programs, and played a vital role in fostering a relationship between Tulane University Medical School and Johnson & Wales University pioneering a collaboration that would teach future Medical Doctors basic culinary nutrition principles. Soon after Michael would co-develop the Food + Health Course elective for the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, which provides an interdisciplinary and intercollegiate course of study focused on the relationship between food and health. In 2015 Michael was promoted to Associate Professor and soon would join the College of Culinary Arts leadership team as Department Chair. In 2016 Michael was accepted into the Education Doctorate program at Northeastern University, concentrating in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Leadership.