Stephen A. Mutkoski

Banfi Vintners Professor of Wine Education & Management
Cornell University School of Hotel Management
Wine Educator of the Year 2006, European Wine Council

Stephen A. Mutkoski is the Banfi Vintners Endowed Chair of Wine Education and Management at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, where he has taught since 1972. He received his BS from Cornell University in 1967 and his PhD in 1976. A former food and beverage manager and restaurant owner, Mutkoski has been able to combine his professional career with his love of food and wine. He teaches several food and beverage management courses in both the academic programs and the executive education program at Cornell.

Steven's “Introduction to Wine” class has an enrollment of over 700 students each term. In the past 23 years he has taught over 33,000 Cornell graduates about the pleasures of wine and the fascinating story behind each label. He conducts food and beverage management executive education seminars and lectures on wine throughout the world. He and his wife, Patricia, have authored and published a series of interactive multimedia training/educational programs on the wine producing regions of the world called The Wine Professor®. The Wine Professor programs are used by consumers, educators and beverage professionals. He is the author of two distance learning courses: “Foodservice Management Systems: Issues and Concepts”, and “Foodservice Management Systems: Operations”, which were published by eCornell. He writes a quarterly wine column for the Cornell Hotel School alumni magazine. He also serves as a food and beverage management consultant to several hotel, restaurant, airline and cruise line companies. In 2006 the European Wine Council selected Mutkoski for their Wine Educator of the Year award.