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Category Archives: Featured Chef

Chef Emma Robertson

Chef Emma Robertson

_________ Chef Emma Robertson has given 18 years of service to the Cheesecake Factory, starting as a server and rising through the ranks. Now she is Senior Executive Kitchen Manager and the only female in the entire company with that title. Her graduate degree was from Stephen F Austin College with a degree in business. Emma and her…

Chef Juan Elicia

Chef Juan Elicia

____________ Chef Juan Elicia was born in Guanajuato Mexico. He has a wife and 4 sons, one of which is following in his footsteps. They work side by side, father and son at Piatti. Elicia has worked as a chef for Piatti for 20 years. Piatti is nestled among a fabulous collection of unique boutiques and…

Chef Brannon Soileau

Chef Brannon Soileau

————— Chef Brannon Soileau, owner and chef of Boss Bagels and Coffee in San Antonio , TX, “says he’s a real coon ass” from Welsh, LA. Born in Crowley, his dad was coach of Jennings High for many years. Brannon attended the CIA in New York and was an instructor for ten years, then 2 years in San Antonio.…

Chef Tom Rummel

Chef Tom Rummel

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking chef, Tom Rummel, grew up in Colorado, with parents who exposed him to food through family travels. This, combined with a particularly memorable experience at a fine dining restaurant, The Greenbriar Inn in Boulder, Colo., jumpstarted his interest in the culinary world.  Choosing to pursue cooking professionally, Rummel graduated with an…

Chef Katia Mangham

Chef Katia Mangham

– Almost as far back as I can remember I was cooking. As a little girl, my cookies did not receive critical acclaim, but I was undeterred and determined to perfect my “craft”. By the time I was a teenager, I had moved on from cookies to jams and everything in between. Although my creativity led…

Chef James Lewis

Chef James Lewis

Chef James Lewis is a native of Carencro, Louisiana with 2 daughters to keep him motivated. Grew up with a family who loved to cook and gather together to enjoy food. Got my start in a concession stand at Pelican Park, and got into a full kitchen as a dishwasher at the age of 16…

Chef Branden Bentley

Chef Branden Bentley

  – Branden was born in Modesto, California and made his way to Missouri with his family in 2005, where he discovered his love for all things culinary. After earning his A.A.S. of Culinary Arts, Branden quickly excelled in his career holding the title of Executive Sous Chef and Executive Chef of well-known restaurants in…

Chef Jonathan Breaux

Chef Jonathan Breaux

Originally from Alexandria and moved to BatonbRouge to attend LSU. Chef Breaux started working in kitchens and never looked back.  He enjoys the classics but consider himself a true American cook. A blend of styles and cultures that has thoughtfulness and creativity throughout the dish. – – – – – – – – – –…

Chef Christopher Hill

Chef Christopher Hill

Chris Hill has been in the restaurant industry since he got his first job at 13 as a dishwasher at a local hotel in his hometown of Jefferson City, Missouri. After washing dishes for a few years he started expanding into prep and working on the line. He really enjoyed the rush of working in…

Chef Brandon Moore

Chef Brandon Moore

Brandon Moore is the executive chef at Ocean Prime in Dallas.  He moved to Dallas 5 years ago from Michigan where he was born and raised.  He took his first restaurant job at 15 and was drawn in almost immediately.  A thirst for knowledge and experience led him through concepts ranging from fast casual to…