Being involved in the food and hospitality industry for the vast majority of my life, so much of what I do comes as second nature. My experiences ranging from personal chef to TV/movie catering chef, bartender to correctional food service specialist, pastry chef to sushi roller, Air Force National Guard Staff Sergeant to Assistant Professor of Culinary Arts & Hospitality have all lent to the development of this innate understanding of the food service industry.
My entire life I have been driven and have overcome some high hurdles in order to stand the Chef and person that I am today. I am thankful for all of my experiences, both good and bad, as I know they all have allowed me to now relate on virtually any level, within any segment of society.
I have traveled the country since graduating high school in Central Pennsylvania and attending college in Providence, RI. My career in food service has allowed me to live in and experience many areas of the country including New York, Nebraska, Utah and most recently Alaska before coming full circle and landing back in Central Pennsylvania.
I enjoy the outdoors and focus on both my physical and mental well-being. I run 10-15 miles a week and enjoy various outdoor activities. In the summer, I like to take time to put in a trail ride on my mountain bike and enjoy the outdoors. During the winter, I enjoy gym time including circuit training and alternating days between swimming and running on the treadmill. I am pleased to say that this winter I will be back on the mountain with my telemark skis under me. My skis have been retired for over 10 years since being a competitive and sponsored telemark skier. This addition will be a nice enhancement to my wellness plan.
Since dedicating myself 100% to starting and operating my own business, I have been afforded a quality of life allowing me to focus on my own health while continuing to engage, participate and give back to the industry that I have been dedicated to for over 30 years. I support many professional organizations and causes. My personal business venture allows me the flexibility of my schedule to be a part of the endeavors to which I have grown passionate about.