Rollie Wesen, M.Ed. is the co-founder of the Jacques Pépin Foundation, a culinary instructor and Assistant Professor at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI and the husband of Claudine Pépin. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Chef Wesen graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University, with a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing in 1990. Pursuing his passion for both food and travel, he literally circled the world, experiencing the cuisines of India and Thailand among many others, and cooking in kitchens with Michelin stars, in London and France before arriving in New York City in 1994. Rollie and Claudine met in 2001, and continued to explore together, relocating to Portland, OR where their daughter Shorey was born, then on to Denver, CO where Rollie worked for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts.
Returning to the east coast, Rollie joined the culinary faculty at Johnson & Wales University in 2011. He teaches several classes, including Classic French and Italian Cuisines, the Science of Cooking, Cooking in the Global Marketplace and Culinary Consciousness, which focusses on food sustainability issues. He is active on multiple committees, writes curriculum, and in 2014, earned his Masters of Education from Johnson & Wales University. He is currently enrolled in their Educational Leadership Doctorate program, and is an adjunct lecturer at Boston University and an avid gardener.