“In the end, it’s not about me. It’s about creating inspiration for operators and empowering them to create their own signature menu items.”
Chef Sonja Kehr wears many hats in the General Mills Culinary Center, but one of her favorite roles is teaching and training others, giving them confidence in the kitchen.
“I love seeing people have that ‘aha’ moment when they realize they can bake and be successful in the kitchen,” said Chef Sonja, who has worked at General Mills since 2006 and currently leads product knowledge workshops and training sessions for General Mills sales and marketing teams.
Beyond her contributions as a valued trainer, Chef Sonja’s expertise spans troubleshooting recipes and product performance, trend forecasting, catering, recipe development, recipe standardization and menu engineering. She is also passionate about mapping flavor combinations with a focus on global flavors and concepts.
“Fusion and flavor exploration are exciting playgrounds for inspiration,” said Chef Sonja. “I see food as both functional and flavorful and work to find a balance to get the most out of each ingredient.”
Chef Sonja’s analytical skills help her to troubleshoot product performance and reverse engineer products. She likes the process of running General Mills products through their paces so she can feel confident standing behind their durability and versatility: “I really like the science aspect of the culinary experience.”
With more than 25 years of foodservice industry experience prior to General Mills, Chef Sonja’s career includes time spent working in restaurant and bakery, large scale independent college and university, hospital/healthcare and catering.
- Bachelor of Science Degree: Culinary Management: Art Institutes International of Minnesota
- Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts: University of Toledo
- Cook’s Apprenticeship: American Culinary Federation
- Certified Dietary Manager’s Program: Association of Nutrition Foodservice Professionals
- Certified Executive Chef
- Certified Sous Chef
- Certified Dietary Manager
- Certified Food Protection Professional