Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Kevin Roecker
My name is Kevin Roecker. I have over 40 years of experience in various aspects of the foodservice industry including restaurants, hospitals, long term care, winery operations, event centers, catering, remote lodging, sporting events, and foodservice sales. Along with teaching the approved curriculum, I try to impart real-life experiences and situations to our inspiring culinarians at Woodruff Career and Technical Center
When I am not instructing culinary arts and restaurant management, I have a side business and a hobby both named CKC which are Chef Kevin Catering and Chef Kevin Cellars.
My personal interests include hiking, cycling, camping, smoking foods, winemaking, road trips/travel, and remodeling my 98-year-old home.
I place great value in my small immediate family and core group of friends. Some of my favorite quotes are:
“In spite of food fads, fitness programs, and health concerns, we must never lose sight of a beautifully conceived meal.” – Julia Child
“I like a burger on the grill just as much as the next guy” – Peter Michael, CMC, CEC
“One can never learn too much. The more one knows, the more they seek to learn. - Unknown
While there have been many accolades over my 40 years in the culinary arts, I feel these to be my greatest achievements:
Graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York.
Was on a panel to set parameters and protocols for what can be called a rose’ wine produced in Illinois.
Winner of double gold, 2 gold, and one silver medal at the State of Illinois/Illinois Grape Growers & Vintner’s Alliance State Amateur winemaking competition 2019-20.
First place/People’s Choice in The Whiskey City Chili Cook-off 2017
First Place/People’s Choice in HOI Professional Chef’s Association Chili Cook-off 2019 and 2020
Certified Kansas City BBQ Society Judge
Established precedence for USDA labeling requirements for heat and eat meals distributed by RMH Foods, Morton, IL
Have current Serv Safe Food Manager’s License and Allergen Training. Have had two 100-point scores from the Peoria County Health Department