Article by Brendon Dybdahl
March 15, 2017
The University of Wisconsin-Madison recently named Peter Testory as Director of Dining and Culinary Services at its Division of University Housing. Prior to coming to UW-Madison, Testory served for four years as Assistant Director of Support and Culinary Operations at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, where he oversaw all residential culinary operations, catering, retail outlets, food preparation, and menu management. He also worked for almost ten years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, serving as a production chef and a variety of other positions.
"From a very early age I knew that the restaurant industry was my calling," Testory recalls. "To me, food has always represented a sense of family and enjoyment and a great way to bring everyone together."
At UW-Madison, Testory will oversee a dining and catering operation with an annual operating budget of $28 million and one that employs approximately 130 full time staff, including 45 managers, and 1100 student staff. "The dining program here at UW-Madison had a very solid foundation, fantastic infrastructure, and a great team already in place," says Testory. "I'm excited about being a part of such a great organization."
A unique aspect of the UW-Madison dining program that Testory inherits is its entirely à la carte structure, which does not require students to have a meal plan, unlike most other schools. "Our structure is our biggest challenge and also our greatest opportunity," Testory says. "We have to compete for business just like every other food service operation does around campus, and it challenges every person within our department to continually find new and inventive ways to entice students and grow our business."
As Testory settles into the new role, he sees great things ahead. "There is not much more a new Director could possibly ask for in a new opportunity. And getting to move to Madison was the icing on the cake. It's a great food town, and it's an honor to be back in the Big Ten."
To learn more about Dining and Culinary Services in University Housing at UW-Madison, visit http://www.housing.wisc.edu/dining.htm