Originally from Wisconsin, Chef Dettman received his culinary training at Des Moines Area Community College in 1974 as part of their first Culinary Arts graduate class of 1976. After graduation, Chef spent three years as lead cook for DMACC cafeteria before relocating to Fort Meyers, where he took a position at Masionís Bakery as night baker, where he gained valuable experience in large scale baking. Chef Dettman became chef at Younkers Tearoom upon subsequent relocation to Cedar Rapids, a position he retained for three years. Chef also owned and operated of The Potagie restaurant at Indian Creek Golf and Country Club.
Chef Dettman began teaching at Kirkwood Community College in February 1983 and has taught a very wide range of courses within the Hospitality Arts Program as it has evolved during his continuous tenure at the college. His achievements related to student success include leading a student team that earned four gold medals and Best of the Show for Junior Culinarians at the 1987 National Restaurant Association Food Show. During his time with Kirkwood, Chef Dettman has been awarded NEIACF Chef of the Year 1992, Kirkwood Community College Ambassador of the Year for 1995 - 1996, Iowa Hospitality Association Chef of the Year 1998, Kirkwood Community Collegeís 2006 -2007 Appreciation for Service Honorary Student Award, and was named the Outstanding Club Advisor for Kirkwood Community College in 2010. Chef remains committed to motivating student to reach their full potential and to helping students achieve their career goals.