Jonathan Deutsch, PhD Featured Among Drexel Magazine’s 40 Under 40
March 27, 2014
Drexel Magazine recently announced its 40 Under 40 list congratulating some of the University’s most interesting, entrepreneurial and creative young alumni. Included in this year’s list of honorees is Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, professor and founding director of the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management.
Deutsch earned his BS in Hospitality Management in 1999 after transferring to Drexel from the Culinary Institute of America.
“I came to Drexel as a culinary school graduate and working chef whose parents pushed me to earn a college degree. Since I had worked as a chef and graduated from culinary school, I found myself required to take classes that I could teach,” said Deutsch. “My professor picked up on this and made me an unofficial teaching assistant. It set me on a career path I had never imagined.”
After completing his undergraduate degree, Deutsch enrolled in a PhD program at New York University in Food Studies and Food Management. During this time, Deutsch founded the culinary arts program at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn and also joined the faculty of CUNY Graduate Center.
Deutsch returned to Drexel in 2013 as the Program Director for the Hospitality, Culinary and Food Science program. In the fall of 2013, the program merged into the newly formed Center for Hospitality and Sport Management where he was chosen as the founding director.
“My fantasy is to build the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management to be the leading program in the Philadelphia region and a destination program that attracts students from throughout the world,” said Deutsch. “And I’d love to return to the classroom as a professor, pursuing research projects of interest, and tasting and toasting the success of our students.”