Chandra Picou

Chandra was born in Baton Rouge, LA, giving her the LOVE of gumbo, shrimp, and crawfish. Her family moved to a suburb of St. Louis, MO, where she developed a love for Midwest tastes like St. Louis BBQ, Lion’s Choice, and toasted ravioli. Chandra is a Southern Lady with Midwest sensibilities. She is both a…

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Valerie Cintron

Valerie was born on the sunny island of Puerto Rico (the land of Bad Bunny!). She started her interest in the hospitality industry back in high school where she took Tourism Marketing classes and then went on to college for a degree in Hotel Management. Got her first job at 19 y/o as a server/bartender…

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Desirae Bennett

Rae is a southern belle, born and raised in the Carolinas where she attended Winthrop University. She’s spent more than half of her life working in the Food, Beverage & Hospitality Industry. She developed a passion for hospitality by watching and partaking in the joys of hosting and attending family events. Her love for cooking…

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Devin Slegeski

Born on a self-sustaining Mennonite farm in Central Ohio, Devin grew up steeped in the joy of food, family, and service. His first (paying) job was cooking at a short order diner near his high school, and from this point, it was apparent that the love affair with food he learned from his family, work…

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Jacquelle Amado

Jacquelle was born and raised in B.C. Canada and has worked in the hospitality industry for 15 years. She got her start in restaurants at 18 as a hostess and quickly made her way up to management in a short amount of time. She began in fine-dining restaurants and found a passion for good food…

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Darren Kashin

Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario Darren was always curious about food. At 17 years old Darren began his restaurant career in Algonquin College’s Culinary Management program. A surprising choice to his family as he couldn’t even make Kraft Dinner. He worked full time in kitchens during school to absorb as much information as possible.…

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Dawn Tyson

Dawn is an Executive Chef, author, consultant, culinary educator, “part-time” television personality, and all-around nice person. She has owned and operated or served as Executive Chef in several critically acclaimed restaurants in New York City, Westchester County, NY, Jamaica, and West Indies. Most recently, she served as Executive Chef for Eleven Clinton in Newark, NJ.…

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Aaron Willis

With over 20yrs in the restaurant industry, Aaron prides himself on recruiting the best of the best, for the best. At the age of 14, Aaron was dropped off, by his Father, at the Original Point Restaurant in Perdido Key, Florida. There he spent the next few summers shucking oysters, making cole slaw, and washing…

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Stacey Ramsey

Stacey is a fifth-generation restaurateur, with her family opening their first brick & mortar restaurant in 1888. Growing up in the industry has given her significant insight into all aspects of the business, from building to operating to marketing and hiring. She started bussing tables for her family 2 days a week at the age…

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Sue Birchhill

Growing up in the Milwaukee area, Sue found her love of cooking and hosting through her father. Nobody could throw a dinner party like him. Once in high school, she got her first restaurant job bussing tables at Pandl’s in Bayside and she never looked back. Sue received her Bachelor of Science in Hospitality &…

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