Alex Erdmann German Certified Master Chef Dean of Culinary Arts, Baker College of Muskegon Commitment, talent and passion are what made Alex Erdmann the chef he is today. Alex has amassed an impressive culinary resume on his quest to become a Certified Master Chef. Raised in Germany, Alex knew from an early age that cooking was his life s calling. After completing culinary school and a rigorous apprenticeship Alex entered the German military. He was immediately promoted to head-officer of the troop-kitchen, with the responsibility of feeding more than 2,000 troops, officers and generals. Upon completion of his military obligations, Alex s desire to expand his talent and experience took him both near and far. Working in Berlin Germany, the Austrian Alps and the Italian coast of Switzerland. Let s not forget to mention; the Red Sea resort of Eilat in Israel and London all before coming to the United States. In 1996, Alex was recruited from The Ritz in London by the Manor Restaurant in New Jersey. Four years later Alex was back in Switzerland earning his Masters Degree in International Hospitality Management and studying for the German Master Chefs test he planned on taking once he graduated. In 2002, Alex s commitment finally paid off and he became one of the youngest Certified Master Chefs in the country. Alex returned to the United States in 2003 to become a member of the faculty staff of Washburne Culinary Institute, which has the honor of being the oldest culinary school in the country. In July2007, Alex joined the culinary staff at Baker College to build their new culinary program.