New England Culinary Institute (NECI), Essex, Vermont 1989-1991
Graduated with Associate in Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts. Two year intense hands on training, including restaurant management, meat fabrication, banquet, classical French and Italian, Nuevo Cuisine, wine tasting, food history, baking, pastries, purchasing and receiving. NECI consistently ranked the #1 culinary arts school in North America.
Mangia's, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Top rated restaurant where finished internship for NECI. Promoted to Sous-Chef.
Mangia Festa, Kenosha, Wisconsin
As Chef de la Cuisine over-saw and ran operations for banquet and catering. Learned quick thinking and multi-tasking for large and intimate parties.
Diva Roma, Chicago, Illinois
As Executive Chef, opened a new restaurant, creating the menu and recipes, in charge of labor and food costs, training, hiring, party planning, and food production for a three star Italian restaurant. Tira Mi Su recipe, acclaimed by the Chicago Tribune as "the best this side of Italy". Hosted and over-saw private Christmas party for Oprah Winfrey.
Eat Your Hearts Out, Chicago, Illinois
As Executive Chef, opened and over-saw all production for an organic restaurant.
Café 36, La Grange, Illinois
As Sous-Chef, influenced the owners to change the menu with innovative menu items and the the knowledge to expedite food, that increased their rating from one and a half stars to three within two months. Became known for creative uses of wild game.
Saint Clair Grille, Chicago, Illinois
Opening Executive Chef, created menu, in charge of ordering, receiving and running food production for a French restaurant.
Paisan's Ristorante Italianio, Gurnee, Illinois
Replaced Executive Chef and lowered labor cost by 25% in first two weeks. At local "Celebrity Chefs Benefit" won award for: braised rabbit with white truffle infused celery root puree, and black pepper rosemary chocolate with a blood orange mousse.
Gore Range Brewery, Edwards, Colorado
Won medal for: Three bean - Biker Stout red chili.
Riverbend Roadhouse, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Re-opened and mastered dormant hickory smoking pit. Known for homemade sausages which were sold in bulk for customers to take home.
The Memorial Hospital at Craig, Craig, Colorado
Set up all food aspects for new hospital. Created patient room service menus, for various diets.