Confessions of Gary Coltek

Kennesaw State's Gary Coltek loves Mario Batali and hates when his university is closed.
Gary Coltek loves Mario Batali, thinks food trucks are overrated and fears cooks that don't use thermometers. 

Q. What is the best part of your job?

My co-workers.

Q. What is the worst part of your job?

When the university is closed. 

Q. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

Raising my four kids.

Q. What is the most unusual foodservice/catering request you have ever received?

An edible life-size Cinderella Carriage wedding cake.

Q. If you weren't in foodservice what would you be doing?


Q. Which talent would you most like to have?

Blacksmith or coppersmith.

Q. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Nothing, I’m comfortable with me.

Q. What is your greatest fear?

Cooks that don’t use thermometers.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

My mom.

Q. What is your favorite meal?


Q. What is your "guilty pleasure?"

Good vodka and soft pretzels.

Q. What will people always find in your refrigerator?

Homemade sauces and marinades. 

Q. What food fad do you wish had never started?

Any diet fad.

Q. What is the weirdest food you have ever eaten?

Live ants.

Q. What do you consider to be the most overrated foodservice trend?

Food trucks.

Q. Read the book or see the movie?


Q. Are you a morning or evening person?


Q. What are your words to live by?

Choose carefully what you say because you can never un-say it!

Q. If you had a time machine what historical event or era would you visit?

The future.

Q. What do you value most in a friend?


Q. What would be your dream vacation?

The moon, I’ve been everywhere else.

Q. If you could eat dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be?

My dad.

Q. What is your most treasured possession?

Family pictures.

Q. Who is your favorite celebrity chef?

Mario Batali

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