Colorado State hires Testory as senior executive chef

Peter Testory comes to CSU from the University of Illinois.

Dec. 6—Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, has hired Peter Testory as its new senior executive chef, according to a university press release.

Testory comes to CSU from the University of Illinois, where he worked in several different positions including chef, unit manager and co-manager of the CBORD menu management system. In his new position, Testory will be responsible for developing new menus and managing food production for the six dining centers and two express locations on campus. Testory has already started his new position. He has already introduced new menu items at both the dining centers and retail facilities.

“We are delighted that Peter has joined our team,” Deon Lategan, director of residential dining, said in the release. “Peter’s skill set is a good fit for our current needs and his experience working at multiple levels in a campus dining environment allows him to see the bigger picture of how the facilities work and what can be improved upon.”

One of Testory’s goals in his new position is to increase the local procurement percentage while remaining fiscally responsible.

“To me the enjoyment of cooking is seeing the gratification on everyone’s face while they are eating. Food can cheer people up and bring them together and the creativity allowed in this field is what I appreciatemost as a professional,” Testory said in the release. “In higher education dining, I feel it is our responsibility to help expand our students’ pallets with cuisine they may never have tried. When students enjoy new foods that we have introduced, that is truly rewarding.”