Nicholas Makris

Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2013

Nicholas Makris

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Nicholas Makris is an Associate Professor in the Food & Beverage Management department. He received his MBA from Johnson & Wales University and from there held various managerial positions in the restaurant field. As a previous owner of a successful, prominent Providence restaurant, he decided he needed a change of pace and landed a teaching position at Johnson & Wales.

He has been featured in the Providence Journal, Restaurant Startup & Growth and several other publications.


  • DBA, Grand Canyon University
  • MBA, International Business, Johnson & Wales University
  • B.S., Sales & Meeting Management, Johnson & Wales University
  • A.A.S., Hospitality, Business College of Athens

I have been in the Restaurant Industry for more than 20 years. What brought me to Johnson & Wales is my passion for culinary arts and the service industry in general. I consider myself a Foodpreneur, as I continue to venture into other facets of the industry.

Q&A with Nicholas

At JWU, education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom. You’re not going to spend four years with your nose buried in a book, learning theories you may never get a chance to apply — you’re going to get out there and apply them, be it through internships, group projects, leadership opportunities, competitions and more.

What Advice Do You Have For Incoming Freshmen?

College will be one of the most enlightening moments of your life. Learn from it, take advantage of it. Don't hesitate to ask for help. Study hard and keep an open mind.

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