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Joel Schultz

Working up through the ranks from being a bus boy, cook, manager, designer, project manager and now leading a very talented design team, I'm excited to wake up to see where my day will take me.

There is nothing better than seeing what we create on paper come to life.



Marcus Calverley

I have a 10+ year Bar/Restaurant Management background. My focus is work flow and staff efficiency—how many steps can we eliminate? My experience running a wide range of concepts give me a unique understanding of the operational challenges poor design can present.

If I'm not working, I'm hacking up a golf course somewhere. 

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Matt Barnes, LEED AP

With 25 years in foodservice design and a degree in architecture, my focus is on function and the end user experience. I’m at home in the details, and enjoy digging-in to help our clients get exactly what they need and want.

There is a level of satisfaction in identifying and resolving design challenges that I find nowhere else.


Real-world experience. Passion for out-of-the-box thinking. Emphasis on continued learning. Industry-leading technology. 

Combined, these experiences, strengths, and commitments form a recipe for success that shine through in our designs.


Great Lakes Culinary Designs has taken off since starting with two associates in 2015.  

Powered by Great Lakes Hotel Supply Co. and Great Lakes West, our design division was born on the cusp of the current Detroit resurgence.  Taking these opportunities, the philosophies of the proven Great Lakes standard, adding team members with real-world experience, and producing work that spoke for itself--we found our place in the market. 

Our ambition, passion and commitment to the customer above all else created a buzz. When word spread, potential clients reached out to put us to the test--and we haven't looked back.  Along with the full support of our parent divisions, Great Lakes Culinary Designs grew beyond expectations to become not only a premier source for culinary designs nationally, but also provided a single source for our clients from start to finish for all of their culinary needs.  We can provide a true turn-key experience.

The above can only be built from a strong foundation. The Great Lakes team works diligently to review where we have been, determine were we want to go and establish a plan of action of how get there.  We never skip an opportunity to learn, be critical of ourselves, or to better our processes. We use the core values below as guiding principles for our designs, our interactions with clients, and our lives. 

From conception to design to equipment procurement, Great Lakes Culinary Designs along with the Great Lakes Portfolio of Sales Teams throughout the country provide the expertise and service you are looking for from the beginning, during and beyond for your project.

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