Born and reared in Switzerland, Rene’ grew up in the hotel business. After graduation from high school, he entered a culinary apprenticeship program in Montreux, Switzerland. He learned English while attending the Swiss Mercantile College in London. He also attended Academia Suize in Barcelona, Spain. He has experience with various national and international hotel companies, restaurants, clubs, airlines and cruise lines and has worked in England, Spain, the Bermuda Islands, the Caribbean Islands, South America, Singapore, and Switzerland. He earned the distinction of Certified Executive Chef from the American Culinary Federation and has attended continuing education sessions at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and Johnson & Wales College in Rhode Island. He joined OSU-Okmulgee’s culinary faculty in 1986.