Chef Chris Crosthwaite has been involved in the culinary world since 1979, and is a Professional Cooking graduate of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His career has led him through a variety of countries, a multitude of restaurants, and several hotels, as well as owning his own artisan bakery and café, The Village Baker. While performing the duties of Executive Chef at the Delta Whistler Hotel in Whistler, B.C., he decided to make the transition into teaching in order to make an impact on aspiring culinarians. Chef Crosthwaite first began instructing at Lethbridge Community College (Canada), and then at New England Culinary Institute (Vermont, USA). He has been instructing in the core curriculum of both the Culinary Arts and Hospitality programs at Lane Community College (Oregon, USA) since 2004. A dynamic instructor, Chef Crosthwaite primarily conducts the 1st-year culinary arts students' core curriculum course sequence, Introduction to Cooking Theories 1, 2, and 3. He was instrumental in creating two additional core curriculum courses required for culinary student’s graduation: Concepts of Taste and Flavor, and Culinary Leadership (a capstone class for Second-year culinary arts students).
During the summer months, Chef Chris still works in the culinary industry cooking, baking, leading kitchens, consulting, and food styling. Chef Crosthwaite is an ACF Certified Executive Chef, Certified Culinary Educator, Certified Executive Pastry Chef, and a ServSafe instructor/exam proctor.