A top-performing, innovative Culinary Director with extensive experience in management and team leadership. Highly skilled in developing creative, captivating seasonal menus, delivering inventive flavor combinations and culinary artistry to new and existing customers. Proven ability in leveraging various cooking methodology, including sous vide, baking, bread-making, fresh pasta production, preparing sauces, grilling, roasting, butchering, smoking, and molecular gastronomy in coordinating culinary events and recipes. Recognized for leveraging technical and administrative knowledge to direct internal teams in streamlined workflow, effective project execution and achievement of on-going business growth. Experienced as a chef in hotels and restaurants in Europe and the United States.
Area of expertise:
Team Leadership & Direction
Innovative Techniques & Preparation
P&L Responsibility, Budgeting
2022 to Present
Culinary Staffing Services
2018 to 2021
Oversee food preparation as a line cook, Garde manager, baker, omelet chef, grill cook, and event chef.
Maintained streamlined workflow in accordance with established strategies and project programs, delivering efficient and appealing food preparation.
Chef Design, Inc.
Jul 2009 to Present
Spearhead a tam of over 30 kitchen staff across gourmet kitchens in Il Vespaio, Il Farro, Al Mulino, Taste life cooking show, Il Grano, Rocco, Maddalena Winery, Tirovino Wine Bar, and Il Cielo. Manage staffing and inventory, including cost management in accordance with established budgets and various operational needs. Consistently ensure adherence to US sanitation regulations, providing guidance and training to internal teams to ensure detailed understanding. Place purchase orders of food supplies and cooking supplies based on menu options, popularity of items, and seasonality. Oversee recruiting, hiring, and on-boarding on new staff to develop efficient and collaborative kitchen teams.
Streamlined workflow for service line operations during peak hours, maintaining client satisfaction for business retention.
Ingallina lunch boxes, Los Angeles, CA
August 2017 to February 2020
- Developed and executed baking recipes for various types of bread, pastries.
Previous positions include Chef & Owner for Fioretto Trattoria,
Chef for Patina Restaurant Group,
Executive Chef for Hilton Torrance,
Chef/Partner for Il Fornaio,
Chef de Cuisine for Tutto Mare Spectrum Food Inc.,
Chef de Partie for Mamma Gina Restaurant,
Chef de Partie for Hotel Corona.
Certification in Pasty, Baking, and Culinary Art, Castalimenti, Brescia, Italy, 2002.
Diploma in Culinary Art & Management, Aurelio Saffi School, Florence, Italy, 1982.
Selected in the first 6 finalist for the Gualtiero Marchesi Award 2003.
Finalist of the 39 Grand Prix Culinaire "Pierre Taittinger" award culinary competition 2005 with 7 European countries.
Recognition for the participation of the semifinal world culinary contest, Bocuse D'or U.S.A in Chicago February 18,2006.