Meet Our Chefs
A cheeky swagger, charming grin & culinary bravado made Chef Ben one of the most beloved stars on Bravo's hit series "Below Deck", but it was his undeniable talent that made him into a highly sought-after celebrity chef.
Ben's finely tuned skills & extensive knowledge of diverse flavors come from his experiences growing up between the picturesque Oxford Countryside and the coastal beauty of Cape Cod. You will find him spending long, summer afternoons in the kitchen with his mum, and had conquered all five of the "Mother Sauces" at only 5 years old (which he sweetly thought was named so because they came from his own mother's tutelage).
His passion was unmistakable & was already a rising star in the culinary world (before Bravo came calling). Ben was meticulously training under a number of Italian master chefs in Florence when he caught the eye of world-renowned chef Hestor Blumenthal of the Fat Duck. He was chosen to apprentice at the Three-Michelin Star winning restaurant (The #1 restaurant in the world at the time) which helped launch him into becoming executive chef for multiple luxury yachts, including the 90M Athena (the largest sailing yacht in the world) & now surrounded by the vibrant energy of South Florida, Chef Ben has a booming catering business in which he travels all over the world giving lively interactive demos, exclusive guest appearances, creating culinary masterpieces for private events & collaborating with many charitable organizations, his adventurous life may take him to new places, but no matter where he is, food is always the one link to his soul that keeps him grounded.
Duffy is perhaps most recognized from his abundant television appearances on the wildlypopular Spike TV series Bar Rescue, where he tours the country (sometimes on his Harley)reforming failing bars and restaurants with his “tell it like it is” style, on Beat Bobby Flay as arecurring Judge & As the Host of His most recent Food Network show “Opening Night” whichfollows Chef Duffy through HIS 7-day process of opening restaurants & the roadblocks that comealong the way. Duffy made his national on-camera debut over 17 years ago on the Food Networkand has appeared on countless networks & streaming platforms.Recently Duffy created Ardmore Q, a Down & Dirty Smokehouse that has garnered multiple awardsfor his Creativity within the BBQ & Live Fire World. During Pandemic, Chef also opened SideBirdKitchen, a down & dirty eatery located in Havertown Pa, Sidebird is a menu that encompasses thelast two years of Duffy’s travel around the country. During that time Duffy has also Partnered withUgly Brother Studios (Duffy Brothers) to launch the highly anticipated “World Chef” platform, aninteractive “Ultimate Foodie” platform which includes food boxes that pairs the world’s best chefswith an interactive LIVE platform. Chef, having his hands in multiple levels of business is also theCreator & Host of "Duffified Live" a talking & travel show with an over-the-top approach to eating,drinking, and experiences.When he isn’t with clients, taping or traveling, he is working on his classic entrepreneurial spirit, orhanging out with his family and friends in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Chef Duffy has his own line ofsignature spices, “Duffified Spice” kitchen aprons, hats, and chef-driven Grills & Smokers which areall available on his website at www.duffified.com.
Chef Christine Hazel, a native of Philadelphia, was crowned Champion on the popular Food Network show Chopped, where her three-course meal wowed her judging panel which included one of her long-time heroes, Martha Stewart. Prior to Chopped, Christine was a featured cast member on season 14 of Hell’s Kitchen with Chef Gordon Ramsay, where she battled many experienced chefs to survive 11 episodes.
Aside from TV fame, Chef Christine appears at VIP pop-up dinners around the country and serves as the Lead Hospitality Chef at The Masters Tournament each year in Augusta, Ga., where she helps oversee culinary programs for major event sponsors including Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, AT&T and IBM. She is the Executive Chef at Huntingdon Valley Country Club.
She has the reigning “Most Photogenic Burger” in Philadelphia via Philly Burger Brawl. Her activity in the Philadelphia community has included events for Kiehl’s Life Ride for AMFAR (AIDS Awareness), Autism Speaks, PA Horticultural Society, Best of Style Philly and Philadelphia Moguls in Media (Women in Media).
To accompany her flavorful recipes, Chef Christine Hazel’s has a line of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Vinegars from Taste of Old Country. They are available at: https://chef-christine-hazel.square.site/ . She is a Chef Ambassador for Flint and Flame Knives.
Chef Christine was profiled recently in Golf Kitchen Magazine and Club and Resort Chef Magazine. She recently was featured at the Food Network’s South Beach Food and Wine Festival and the Vegas Nightclub and Bar Expo.
Chef Barret Beyer epitomizes new beginnings and change, inspiring millions with his cooking and actions. While working in New York City’s financial industry and boom era during the aughts, Beyer was arrested ten times for charges that ranged from selling drugs, Conspiracy to forgery, even overdosing and waking up on life support after 2 days in 2006. For ten years, from 1998 until 2008, he was in and out of jails. However coinciding with the birth his daughter in 2008, the reality TV star finally got sober. Beyer said, “I couldn’t do it anymore. I wanted to be a father she could look up to.” He did. Leaving the world of finance and clanging cells bars behind, the love of cooking become the inspiration for his life’s next course. Always a home cook, Beyer attended culinary school in his native Long Island. Before even graduating the ambitious New Yorker already had a job as a sous chef. Beyer then made it to “Hell’s Kitchen” with the legendary kitchen screamer Gordon Ramsey. His favorite television experience. Although, he didn’t win the show, Beyer realized that working in the kitchen is the work he loves. It’s that drive to succeed and healthy ambition which drove him to participate in “Cutthroat Kitchen”, another on-camera cooking competition. “I was the first one cut. It was for not putting the chicken on a Chicken Caesar Salad,” the chef says while chuckling at his folly. From his experience on reality TV, the cheffing professional has become a consultant opening a multitude of East Coast restaurants, receiving many accolades along the way. Food & Beverage Magazine and Chef Works have both named him “Chef of The Month”, in 2013 and 2014, respectively. With his new found celebrity status, Beyer volunteers or works non-profits events around the country including Reality Rally which raises money for Michelle’s Place a Breast Cancer Resource Center in Temecula, Bullying We’re Kickin’ It which he is a Spokesperson for. has organized and raised money to cook warm meals to feed the people & first responders of Long Beach after Super storm Sandy hit. He went out to Oklahoma & teamed up with Johnsonville Sausage Company to help cook raise money & items for the victims of the F5 Tornado that ripped through Moore County. With eight years of sobriety and five years of cooking, it’s clear Chef Beyer has changed his life. Chef Barret will continue to pursue consistent growth, creativity, and culinary development through the positive interaction of culinary leaders. For now, rest assured his strong desire to share his culinary knowledge with others, and to provide personal chef services/classes for the inexperienced cooks/chefs will rapidly establish Chef Barret’s brand and associated added value.
Chef Staci Azzinaro has always been committed to excellence bringing her clients the best in fusion cooking. Chef Staci is known for her Sunday brunches, intimate dining experiences and online cooking classes. She loves sharing her passion for all things food and refers to her clients and followers as beautiful people. She can be found on her social media platforms doing food videos and engaging with her audience.
Chef Staci launched her Hot Spice Seasoning and Sauce Line in 2020 and has turned it into a successful business. Chef Staci has an impressive celebrity clientele that she has worked with they include Philly's own Will Smith, Kevin Hart, Jasmine Sullivan and the Philadelphia 76ers. She is now the proud owner of Oliver's Twist Restaurant that offers her twist on both Vegan and Non- Vegan recipes. Her motto is if you can make it traditionally you can make it vegan.
Konstantinos Pitsillides lived in multiple countries and experienced many cultures from his birth in Cyprus, his studying abroad in the UK and settling in Philadelphia. Konstantinos believes that there is knowledge within culture that he hopes will close stigmas and bring people together at tables all over the world. Through food we all have something in common.
Achievements Awards, & Accolades
Top 3 Greek Restaurants in America by Giles Coran
Zagat rating average 27/30
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence
BBC Studios, Million Dollar Critic
Philadelphia Style November 2008, Jan/Feb 2009, Sep/Oct 2009
Vice & Food Network
Philadelphia Inquirer 3/8/2009, 7/8/2010, 10/7/2010, 12/23/2010, 12/26/2013, 12/31/2015 Best of 2015 Memorable Dishes by Craig LaBan, 12/27/2015, 11/13/2016, 11/30/2017
Philly Voice, Huff Post, The National Herald (1/9/2011, 5/28/2011, 11/19/2011)
Five-Time James Beard Nominee
Travel and Leisure Magazine (July 2010)
The New York Times (“Four Days of Feasting in America’s First Capital” Travel Section November 27, 2016)
34th Street Magazine
Philadelphia Magazine 2008 100th Anniversary Edition and also again January 2010
Philadelphia City Paper (7/24-7/31/2008, 12/23-12/30/2010, 3/17-3/23/2011)
Craig LaBan’s Ultimate Dining 10/2016
Esquire Magazine (March 2009) Philadelphia Weekly (7/9-15/2009) The Jewish Community Voice (2/22/2012)
The Wall Street Journal (September 21-22, 2013
Best of Philly “Best City Brunch” 2013
WHYY, NPR, PBS
Munchies with Marc Vetri
A native of North Philadelphia, Chef Naima Saleema Rutling, has been working in the food service industry for over 23 years. Naima started working in the food service industry in 1999. In 2004, while working full time and raising a family of five, Naima started her culinary education, as a nontraditional student, at the Art Institute of Philadelphia; she graduated, with honors, in 2006. Currently, she shares her passion of food, as the head Chef Instructor, by teaching students enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program operated through the Cathedral Kitchen, which is located in Camden, New Jersey. Cathedral Kitchen is a program that educates low-income nontraditional students who are seeking careers in the food service industry. Naima’s accomplishments as a chef does not end there. She has successfully operated H.E.R. Catering for almost 10 years, which provide catering service to the tristate area. She has catered for the Philadelphia Black Journalist Gala, for the past 5 years, the Democratic National Convention and the National Liver Foundation just to name a few professional events. In addition, Naima has participated in the largest national food show, Gout Ea Lakay, which is in Haiti. Quoting, Chef Nai, “My passion for serving people is my base so I have to treat it like a trampoline… Once I jump on, it is up to me how high I want to go.”
Mark the "Grill'n McMillian"
Speedy high school sprint champion, Mark McMillian, was a two year starter at Glendale JR College in California where he was an All-American. His standout performance gained him a scholarship to play for the University of Alabama under renowned coach Gene Stallings. To this day, McMillian holds the Alabama record for the longest interception TD in school history. Mark was drafted into the NFL by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 10th round where as a rookie, he earned honors by being named to the prestigious All-Madden Team. After a brief stint as a New Orleans Saint, McMillian would later have some of his most celebrated success as a cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs under coach Marty Schottenheimer. In 1997, 5-foot-7-inch, McMillian, was given the nickname “Mighty Mouse” by his teammates and fans by boosting an impressive season with 8 interceptions (tied for the NFL lead) and 3 defensive TDs (longest 87 yards). He also set a Chiefs franchise record for most returned yards (274). Mighty Mac finished his 8 Years in the NFL with the Washington Redskins along side Hall of Famer Daryl Green and Champ Bailey. He now resides in Los Angeles, California and works with various programs that help to improve the lives of children and young adults.
Chef Sterling Wright and his wife Shauncey Wright have two children, a son, Sterling Jr., and a daughter, Diamond. He is also the stepfather of Latasha and Danshea. Chef Sterling grew up in the J.C. Napier Homes, a housing project in South Nashville. While attending McGavock High School, a teacher introduced him to cooking, and through her class, he realized that cooking was his passion. Chef Sterling attended the Johnson Wales University Culinary School, where he began perfecting his craft. Over the years as a professional chef, Sterling has served Presidents and CEOs, music legends, and celebrities. His clientele list includes Oprah Winfrey and Motivational Speaker Tony Robbins.
In 2005 Chef Sterling was selected to be in Season 13 on Hell's Kitchen as one of the most liked contestants in Hell's Kitchen history. Chef Sterling, also known as "Mr. 100," was the only contestant in the history of Hell's Kitchen that was allowed to keep his Hell's Kitchen Chef Coat even though he was eliminated from the show by episode 12.
However, giving back is Chef Sterling's heartbeat; Chef Sterling has partnered with several Nashville non-profits, such as Nashville Peacemaker, Papa Joe's ministries, and Elijah Heart's. Also, chef Sterling realized that cooking could be a therapy for our children suffering from trauma and mental anguish. So, in 2018, he partnered with a non-profit organization called I AM INVISIBLE BULLYING AND SUICIDE to begin bringing awareness to mental illness.
Youth Culinary School
Chef Sterling's dream became a reality in 2022; he partnered with Bishop Judy A. Johnson & The Claiborne Family of Faith Worship of Nashville, TN, to bring the first youth culinary school in Nashville, TN. The culinary school has also expanded its vision to bring the youth culinary school to Clarksville, TN with IMINVISIBLE led by Mrs. Sharon Kay-Edwards. One of Chef Sterling's future goals is to place a youth culinary school in every city within the United States.
Chef Guy Mitchell is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and apprenticed at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. He sits on The Board of Directors for the New York City Culinary Academy.
Chef Guy Mitchell has served as Executive Chef for the Philadelphia Eagles, all of the “Rocky” Hollywood film sets
and has hosted the famous QVC television show as well as the The Atlantic City, Philadelphia Taste and Lancaster Taste Food and Wine Festivals. Chef GuyMitchell cooked for the Academy Awards and while working in New York, has served as Executive Chef for David Rockefeller in his distinguished Montauk Yacht Club on Star Island. He also worked with Chef Ron Duprat at the James Beard Foundation in New York City.
Through Guy’s arising accomplishments, he has had the unique pleasure of working closely with the White House and Vice Presidents' residence to host special engagements with the Presidents’ and Vice Presidents' chefs. He was invited by the Commander Navy Installations Command as a guest Judge for the CNIC Navy-Wide Culinary Competition. Navy Chefs are selected from their region to fly to Washington D.C. to compete against each other. Some of these Navy Chefs are later chosen to work at the White House Navy Mess, the Vice Presidents' Residence, the Pentagon and other high ranking Navy Installations. Chef Guy was awarded the MCPON coin from the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Rick D. West for his service.
Chef Guy had performed at the Fancy Food Show in New York City representing Canada in the Canadian Pavilion. Guy prepared White House dishes using Canadian products. Guy always uses the phrase, "Canada is our neighbor": and "Canadians are our friends".
He has also had the great pleasure of working with such famous chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, Morimoto, Bobby Flay, Paula Dean, Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine, Tyler Florence, Ingrid Hoffman, Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes) and Giada De Lorentiis, all from the Food Network.
Chef Guy has received rave reviews from every publication in Bucks County about his scrumptious entrees. His “all-star” one of a kind personality and great talents make our own Chef Guy Mitchell Southeast PA’s Top Chef.
Chef Guy continues to entertain guests through cooking Demonstrations. Through these fabulous demonstrations, he has had the privilege of working with the renowned pastry Chef, Robert Bennett, formerly the Executive Pastry Chef of Philadelphia’s La Bec Fin and Food Network Chef.
Chef Guy has created a group of former White House Chefs called the "White House Chef Tour" where they travel the all over the world performing food demonstrations at culinary schools, fund raisers, wine and food festivals and other events.
However, Chef Guy is not all business! During the 9/11 Tragedy, he hosted and raised $30,000 for the Fireman’s Burn Center in New York City. He also was part of the Hurricane Katrina fundraiser which raised $50,000. During his accomplished career, he has also become a Noted Mastery of Culinary Creations. It was documented in the
restaurant reviews by Mr. Richard Burn, “His 30 years of experience clearly shows in his dishes".
Executive Chef Ryan McQuillan
Some would describe Ryan McQuillan’s attention to every morsel of food as… fiery. Right down to the olive vine tattoo on his forearm, his exhaustive search for the finest and freshest ingredients landed him here in Lancaster. Inspired by his Italian mother and grandmother, the Chef’s passion for cooking dates back farther than he can even remember. Raised in Northeast Philadelphia and trained at the Restaurant School at Walnut College, Ryan has infused flavors in New York City, Philadelphia and at the renowned Talula’s Table in Kennett Square where prospective diners waited a year in advance to savor one of his Farmtable Dinners.
If it all begins with a farmer, Ryan knew that Plough and The Exchange is precisely where he had to be. Fresh, local ingredients drives his approachable American menus. The vibrancy of his product is only matched by his personality. Reflection and inclusion were traits he powerfully embraced from Chef Eric Ripert at 10 Arts Bistro during its “award winning” time in Philly. He never neglects their importance today.
While boasting many other extraordinary experiences in some of the nation’s finest dining spots including Le Bec-Fin under George Perrier, Chef Ryan only talks of the mark he wants to leave on this great community. As an avid fly fisherman, you are best not to ask him about the “one that got away”… you just don’t have enough time
Chef Instructor Frank Benowitz is employed by Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ, in the HRIM/Culinary Department and teaches a multitude of culinary and hospitality courses.
Spending only a few years working in hotels and restaurants, much of his culinary knowledge is a result of culinary book study/classes and working for experienced Chefs - absorbing their culinary knowledge. Recently, Chef Benowitz successfully completed Harvard University’s course entitled Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science.
Chef Benowitz & Chef Fee co-host a local, award-winning TV show, “Dish It Out”, now in its 15th season (episodes are available via MCTV on YouTube). Additionally, Chef Benowitz co-produced the video: “The Art of Food Presentation”. This video earned two Silver Telly awards and is shown in many culinary schools throughout North America.
In 2019, Chef Benowitz won his 15th consecutive NJ State People’s Choice Salsa Championship (mango salsa). In 2013, Chef Benowitz won 2nd Place in the NJ State Seafood Challenge held at the Governor’s Mansion.
Chef Benowitz has worked with/for several well-known Chefs, such as: Robert Irvine, Walter Scheib, Ellie Krieger, Michael Voltaggio,
Fabio Vivani, Ayesha Curry, Aaron McCargo, Jr., Nicholas Elmi, Jose Garces, Cat Cora, Sara Moulton, Bobby Flay, Neal Fraser, Evan Funke, Paula Deen, Joe Beddia, Rick Bayless and Emeril Lagasse.
Elijah Miligan grew up in Philadelphia, PA where he discovered his love for cooking at a young age, moving through the ranks of some of the city’s most respected kitchens. Though he moved briefly to northern and southern California, running restaurants and further making a name for himself, he has returned to Philadelphia and is making waves within the food industry for his leadership, his devotion to social causes, and his excellent taste.
Chef Stephen Cromwell started his culinary journey as a young child. He spent much time in the kitchen with his grandmother, watching as she prepared many unique meals and baked dishes because his grandmother loved to teach her children and grandchildren amazing recipes, this stark something in Stephen.
At the age of sixteen years old, he started his first job in the restaurant business as a dishwasher. He planned to begin in this position to learn all the functions of the restaurant business. After less than a year, he was promoted to line cook.
After working at various establishments and learning many functions and knowledge of the restaurant business, Chef Stephen decided to further his education in the field.
In 2018 he enrolled in the JNA Institute of Culinary Arts, graduating with an associate degree in culinary art. This education prepared him to be an outstanding Chef de tournant under the leadership of some world-renowned Chefs from the Philadelphia area. He has won awards such as Teflon Chef and Teflon Chef Burger Brawl competition.
With over ten years of experience, he has held numerous leadership positions within the professional kitchen setting. He is well-versed in global cuisine. His use of French and Japanese cuisine influences his fusion-style cuisine; he also has extensive experience as a personal chef, caterer, and pop-up chef vendor though out the Philadelphia area.
The Chef’s love for food and health consciousness is represented in his exceptional cooking.
Chef Barry E. Sexton has successfully acquired over 30 years experience in the culinary arts.The Philadelphia Art Institute graduate was classically trained for more than a decade under the tutelage of Master Chef Jean Pierre Tardy of Newton, Pa. Chef Sexton’s vast career includes work at some premiere restaurants and hotels in Philadelphia and Bucks County areas. This award-winning chef is well known For his gourmet catering, private cooking classes and demonstrations that showcase his passion for cooking. Chef Sexton has recently been appointed as the Executive Chef of Wilson's Live Music & Restaurant located in Hi-Nella, N.J, serving up a southern style cuisine
Maria Liberati is an Italian- American Chef/Entrepreneur/Author and winner of the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Award for her culinary travel book series- The Basic Art of Italian Cooking. She is also Host/Producer of The Maria Liberati Show Podcast
Her award winning blog The Basic Art of Italian Cooking by Maria Liberati at www.marialiberati.com was selected as culinary travel blog of the year by the NY Travel Writers' Society ,and has 300,000 worldwide followers. Maria is considered one of the foremost experts on Italian cuisine and wine. She regularly appears on TV, radio and in print and developed her own TV series for PBS that was based on her culinary travel book series. The Basic Art of Italian Cooking by Maria Liberati tm is now a new streaming channel on ROKU. She also has her own streaming Radio station on Zeno Media- The Basic Art of ...radio station.
Maria studied the culinary arts in Italy, and founded The Basic Art of Italian Cooking by Maria Liberati tm trademark now with its' own line of food products that includes a pizza sauce and spice blends.
Top Chef Ryan Moore, owner of “Touch of Greatness” has over 21 years of professional experience in the food and restaurant industry. A former culinary arts student at the Philadelphia Art Institute, Chef Moore has worked under, as well as along with, some of the great Master Chefs that include Chef Georges Perrier (formerly of Le Bec-Fin), Chef Gordon Ramsay (Hell’s Kitchen), Chef Marc Miguel, and Chef Darryl Harmon of New York. Chef Moore has also prepared food for celebrities such as entertainer John Legend during Philadelphia’s July 4th Welcome America Event, and Rap Group Member “Hell Rell” of Dipset, also known as “The Diplomats”. His culinary expertise is expansive as he has planned, organized, arranged, and prepared cuisine for intimate dinner parties and for culinary events for upwards of 500 guests. Chef Moore has participated in several food shows, won numerous awards and contests, and has been featured in an edition of Philadelphia Magazine, where he was named “Best Omelet Chef in Philadelphia”. He was also featured in Dosage Magazine. Chef Moore is passionate, multitalented, and personable. So, allow him to take your palate on a journey that you will never forget, one where you will experience a “Touch of Greatness” and “Love in Every Bite”.
Philadelphia born and raised Chef Tye Hall has had a passion for cooking since the age of 8 when she started cooking with her Nana. She didn’t start off with becoming a chef. In fact, after high school, she went into the Army and served her country. After her tours were done she stayed in her profession and became an LPN. It wasn’t until she lost her beloved Nana that she hung up her stethoscope and picked up a knife and went to work in the kitchen.
When asked why, she will say “Cooking saved her life.” With the loss of her Nana, PTSD set in and almost took over when she was given her Nana’s handwritten recipes to help her cope. This would start a new chapter for her and reignite her love for food. She would go back to school to earn an Associate’s Degree in pasty and culinary skills, as well as a Bachelors Degree in hotel and restaurant management.
Chef Tye has a niche for international food, possibly due to her past of traveling with the Army for several years. Since she became a full-time chef, she has cooked for quite a few celebrities as well as cooked for the Washington Redskins while they are in Virginia for training camp.
She has served our country, has been a servant in healthcare, and now both her and her husband Reggie, the co-owner of T&R Catering LLC & Common Sense Cuisine LLC, are serving up delicious comfort foods that are designed to take you to on a trip around the world.
Chef Reinhold Paul is the chef/owner of Chef Reinhold Culinary Solutions with 45 years of culinary experience .
He is known as the Baby Boomer Chef and has published recipes , made numerous radio and television appearances and is the only two time winner of the New York International Food Show Rapid Fire Challenge!
Living in Barnegat, New Jersey with his wife Kathy and his daughter Kelly this Chef’s passion for flavorful food is unrivaled.
In addition to public and private chef duties Chef Reinhold launched Baby Boomer Chef which provides interactive Chef driven dinner parties for up to 16 people. However with all that has and is happening in the world Baby Boomer is focusing on delicious gourmet food prepared on a budget! Did I say Gourmet Food on a budget? Is this a real solution? As this is the current subject of most of my culinary demos, the answer is Yes it is!
Come and be transformed along with the ingredients for a solution You will never forget!
Chef Ed Covino created Bes’Dam Soup in the Spring of 2005 and has bring bringing smiles to family
dinner tables ever since! Ed has over 30 years of experience in Fine Dining, as well as an
A.A. Degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University, and a B.S. Degree in Hospitality Management from Florida International University. This education, as well as many years in the Luxury Hotel and Restaurant field has given him the skills
and knowledge necessary to prepare top-quality, delicious foods for thousands of satisfied food-lovers.
His previous employers include the renowned Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA; Hyatt Hotels and
Resorts, which entailed locations on the island of Hawaii, Atlanta, GA and Cambridge, MA; and Hilton
Hotels Corporation. In addition to creating Bes’Dam Soup and building it to a Nationally-Recognized brand, Ed enjoys
teaching his Comfort-Food style of cooking and has appeared regularly on TV’s FOX & Friends Show,
Entrepreneur Elevator pitch and much more!
Although Ed is best-known for creating delectable Soups, Chowders, Chilis and Sauces, he has a passion
for all aspects of the home Culinary Experience and teaching folks to create this magic in their own
homes! He is happily married to his lovely wife, Allison. They have a son, Eddie as well as their two dogs,
Smokey and Bandit. They have a soft spot for animals and support several Animal Rescue organizations.
Award-winning chef Vincent Tropepe is a celebrated culinary personality, cookbook author, speaker, restaurant consultant, small business advocate and designer. Born and raised in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, New York, Vincent is a culinary school graduate of the Art Institute of New York. As a child, Vincent always gravitated to food and cooking. His early influences include his mother, both grandmothers and his older cousin, Phyllis. He preferred spending time in the kitchen to playing sports or watching television. Prior to his formal culinary education and longing to be in the food industry, Vincent got job-shucking clams and oysters at Casa Calamari, a then-famous Brooklyn hot spot, followed by a stint at family owned Mama Tury’s. After his graduation, where he received top honors in the culinary arts from the State of
New York, Vincent’s first professional job was at Alain Ducasse at the Essex House,
working directly under Chef Ducasse. Vincent has worked at The Rainbow
Room, Chanterelle, The 21 Club, One If By Land, Two If By Sea, and famed Chinese
restaurant Mr. K’s.
While making a name for himself within these acclaimed kitchens in New York, in 2002
he was asked to be the consulting chef at Madre’s of Pasadena, California (the first
restaurant owned by actress/singer Jennifer Lopez). Years later, Vincent would go on to
consult Tony May at SD26.
Throughout his years in the kitchen, Chef Tropepe has cooked for many celebrities
including Luciano Pavarotti, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, Yankee Hall
of Famers Yogi Berra and Phil Rizzuto, Regis Philbin, Michael Jackson, Joan Rivers,
Robin Williams, and four United States Presidents: George W. Bush and Barack Obama,
both while in office, and Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton post-presidency. Most
interestingly, Vincent has cooked aboard Air Force One a total of 14 times for
Presidential domestic flights.
Chef Elliott is a published author of cook books, Entertaining Solutions and Soulstice Recipes. Former online radio show host of Chef Elliott’s Entertaining Solutions and is a Cutthroat Kitchen Food Network contestant for two seasons. He is a product developer of a low sodium all-purpose seasoning blend called Chef Elliott’s Soul Shaking Seasoning. Reflecting on other accomplishments, he considers himself blessed with his appearances and participation in Epcot International Wine & Food Festival, the Country Living Fair, Taste of the Runway NYC, Atlantic City’s Wine and Food Festival, SOBEWFF and others. Multiple appearances on HLN and CNN as a guest celebrity culinary judge for the anchor’s showdown. He just recently filmed with the USA’s Under Secretary and USDA. Chef Elliott is currently working on a Lifetime Christmas movie being filmed in Georgia.
Chef Angell Morris
Delaware transplant, Chef Morris, has been cooking for professionally for 12 years, and has been apart of Taste as a caterer in 2017 & 2018, bringing her “Curry Crab Mac & Cheese”, “Peach Fling Cobbler” and “Signatures Garlicky Butter”, and winning the taste buds of the people! She is now the owner of Signatures Soul & Sea restaurant located in the heart of Clifton Heights, PA. Combining her hometown love of seafood and her local environment of hoagies and cheesesteaks, Chef Morris creates out of the box flavors with “Signature” names you won’t forget! Visit her in Clifton Heights and look for her “Jerk Salmon Cheesesteaks”, “Tiffy Had A Little Lamb”, or the packed with flavor “Wifey”!
Chef Cenobio Canalizo is the Executive Chef of Tiny's Cantina in Brooklyn, which isan ode to the cuisine of his hometown of Puebla, Mexico. His signatureTlayuda (Mexican pizza) was lauded as one of the “Best NYC Dishes of 2021”by Eater New York critic Robert Sietsema.Chef Cenobio is also the Executive Chef for the popular Morgan’s BrooklynBarbecue concept which has locations in Brooklyn, King of Prussia (outside ofPhiladelphia) as well as a third location opening later in 2022. Morgan'sBrooklyn Barbecue appears on the Eater list of "New York’s EssentialBarbecue Restaurants" as well as Thrillist’s “The 15 Best Barbecue Jointsin NYC”.Chef Cenobio has additionally served as the Executive Chef for GlazierWorks,the renowned family-led New York hospitality company headed up by second-generation restaurateur Mathew Glazier. For GlazierWorks, Chef Cenobiopreviously had roles as Executive Chef at Strip House and Michael Jordan'sThe Steak House.Chef Cenobio started his career decades ago in New York as a dishwasherbefore gradually mastering culinary arts on the job. Now slow-smoking whathas been acknowledged critically as some of the best brisket in Brooklyn, heconsiders himself the true-life epitome of the American Dream. With a naturaltalent, easy smile and friendly attitude, Chef Cenobio credits his work ethic forhis succes
Executive Chef "To The Stars" & Author of "Beyond My Chef Coat" Kevin Des Chenes has 25+ years of experience in the Hospitality industry.
He was named "Top Chef" by Las Vegas Food & Wine, He has been a Chef Expert for Gordon Ramsey and appeared as a Featured Chef on Food Network's Chef Wanted, Great Food Truck Race (Finalist) & Beat Bobby Flay, as well as The Today Show, Nationally Syndicated Better Show, CT Style, Pickler & Ben, Fox Morning Show & The Rhode Show among others. He is also the winner of "Top Celebrity Chef Showdown". Chef Kev D is an advocate for such charities as Boston Children's Hospital & The Light Foundation. His creativity in the kitchen & on the screen has not gone unnoticed. Having served as Executive Chef at such New England landmarks as 156 Bistro, Centro Martini & Washington Square Tavern, He has since Launched a successful Event Production, Consultant & Private Chef Company and become one of the most sought after Chef's in the industry, working with great people including; Garth Brooks, John Legend, Tommy Lee Jones, Giuliana Rancic, Kathie Lee & Hoda, Isiah Thomas, Gavin DeGraw, Jim Courier, Little Big Town, Various New England Patriots & Red Sox players and coaches, among others. You never know what he'll do next so keep your eyes peeled for this seasoned Chef, and if you find him in a city near you take your taste buds on an Epic Journey with Chef Kev D
Chef Darryl Harmon is Chef/Partner of Amina Restaurant & Lounge in Philadelphia, PA. Darryl Harmon, who hails from Gouldtown, NJ in Cumberland County, which is considered the oldest black community in the U.S., is also an award-winning chef for The Lure Group in New York City. He helms the kitchens at Clinton Hall’s six locations, in addition to Slate in Chelsea and Slate Rooftop in Brooklyn. The 45-year-old chef is a National Brand Ambassador for Certified Angus Beef®.
Chef Harmon has created some of the city’s most Instagrammable dishes, which includes Clinton Hall’s famous Doughnut Grilled Cheese, along with their towering WTF Waffles, which is made with birthday cake, red velvet cake and other scrumptious varieties.
Chef Harmon has prepared intimate dinners over his 27-year career for A-list celebrities and politicians including John Legend, Martha Stewart, Jamie Foxx, Boyz II Men, Michael Bay, President Barack Obama and President Joe Biden, along with athletes such as DeSean Jackson, Ryan Howard, Michael Vick, Carlos Ruiz, Shane Victorino, Scott Hartnell, and Donovan McNabb.
Chef Harmon has participated in The Food Network’s New York Wine & Food Festival, where his Double Smashed Burger from Clinton Hall won the People’s Choice Award at Burger Bash in 2018. He’s also prepared creative dishes at the South Beach and Atlantic City Wine & Food Festivals in addition to Taste Philadelphia, MetroCooking Dallas, the Specialty Food Association’s Sofi Awards Reception, and the National Governors Chef’s Convention.
Prior to moving to New York, Chef Harmon served as Executive Chef of the renowned Water Works Restaurant & Lounge in Philadelphia, where his menu earned “Best New Restaurant” from Philadelphia Style Magazine. Chef Harmon was also named ‘Chef of the Year’ by the American Culinary Federation’s Professional Chef’s Association of the South Jersey Chapter. He served as Board Vice President for the chapter from 2006 to 2010.
As a celebrity chef caterer, Chef Harmon has produced events for the the James Beard Foundation, Chaine des Rotisseurs, and the National Football League Players Association. He served as a celebrity chef for Holland America Cruise Line, where he led culinary presentations for guests over the course of a seven-day cruise from Vancouver to Alaska.
Chef Harmon was featured as the New York Giants Game Day Celebrity Chef inside the Toyota Coaches Club at Metlife Stadium, where he prepared his signature cheesesteaks for VIPs, including Steve Tisch, Chairman of the New York Giants.
Darryl has been featured on regional and national TV shows from coast to coast, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” “Food Paradise,” “Man vs. Food,” “Ginormous Foods,” The Food Network’s “Christmas Chowdown,” The Wendy Williams Show, and countless more.
You can follow @chefdharmon on Instagram and Facebook, or visit http://chefharmon.com.
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