Thomas Peterlik, a native of Austria, graduated with a degree in culinary arts from Berufschule Salzburg. After seven years of honing his skills in kitchens around the globe-Switzerland, Mexico and Costa Rica, Thomas secured a position which married his passion for travel and food as the Executive Chef for the Silver Seas Cruise Line. After receiving a Cornell University Food & Beverage Diploma he worked as Food & Beverage Director aboard the M/V Silverwind.
After four years at sea and one year in restaurants in New York’s “Little Italy” Thomas joined Yale in September 2000 as the Executive Catering Chef. His time in Connecticut has brought many changes to both his professional and personal life. Thomas has created over 800 new recipes and spent countless hours training and developing the Yale Catering production staff. In November of 2003 he was promoted to Executive Chef for Yale and then in 2005 to lead the newly created Culinary Resource Center as its Director. In 2010 Thomas has joined the Region 4 School District administration as their Director of Food Service with a main focus on introduction healthy and new recipes into schools. In addition to these accomplishments Thomas and his wife Amy welcomed the arrival of their daughter Elena in February 2002 and son Sebastian in December 2005.