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2017 SFNDA School Brochure

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March - 2017 Tim Jansen

Name: Tim JansenRestaurant: Chris’ @ the DocketPosition:Chef / Co-OwnerKids: Rachel 14, loves to help in the kitchen especially if we are doing desserts. Christian 4, loves to eat raw vegetables, as a baby was better with his trainer chops sticks than a fork. Originally from: Bellingham, Massachusetts Where did you go to school: Massassoit Community College, followed by lots [...]

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Vollrath Warewashing Guide

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February 2017 - Kelly Beck

Name: Chef Kelly BeckRestaurant: New Day Gluten Free CaféPosition: Co-Owner/Executive ChefMarried: Yes, to Garrett Beck/Co-OwnerKids: Parker (1) 3 teenage daughtersOriginally From: Bethesda, Maryland and moved to STL in 1977School: Kirkwood High SchoolWhat made you become a chef: Mom is a 3rd generation Italian Chef, learned almost everything from her.New things at restaurant: Homemade soups, baked goods. New items: doughnuts, éclairs and scones.Favorite dish: California Turkey Melt, most [...]

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January 2017 - David Sandusky

Name: David SanduskyRestaurant: BEAST Craft BBQ Co.Position: Owner/Pit Master-Originally from Rockford, Illinois, David Sandusky migrated to the St. Louis area during childhood. David stayed close to home and earned his degree from Southwestern Illinois College, unlike most of his counterparts that who went to culinary school. Not going to culinary school didn’t affect David at all, seeing as he [...]

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December 2016 - Barton Philipps

Chef Barton Philipps, Executive Chef at Missouri Athletic Club. Originally from Pennsylvania, Chef Philipps migrated his way over to the St. Louis area after completing a three-year apprenticeship at The Hotel Hersey Resort & Spa. Chef Philipps got his start in a steak house, but wanted to see how much more he could learn about the craft – plus [...]

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October 2016 - Samantha Gesell

Chef Samantha Gesell is the Pastry Chef at Hollywood Casino St. Louis.Originally from St. Louis (O'Fallon, MO) she married her best friend, Brandon Gesell, they have been married 4 years and together 15 years. They have a 2 year old son, Hunter.  She went to St. Louis Community College – Forest Park and graduated [...]

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August 2016 - Rod Laurentius

CHEF OF THE MONTH Chef Rod Laurentius is the Executive Chef at Sunset Country Club on Geyer Rd, in St. Louis. He is married to Christine Laurentius, a former cook in the industry and they have two lovely daughters, Leah 11 and Claire 10. Chef Rod is originally from St. Louis and was a Formal Apprenticeship at Old Warson Country [...]

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July 2016 - James Mott

CHEF OF THE MONTH Chef James Mott Morrison at Sparks Regional Medical Center Chef James is the Executive Chef with Morrison at Sparks Regional Medical Center.  He is originally from Knoxville TN, he attended Austin Peay State University and The Culinary Institute of America. His journey has included a position as Regional Support in early 2015 and he was sent [...]

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June 2016 - Don Grace

CHEF OF THE MONTH Chef Don Grace Mercy Hospital St. Louis Chef Don is the Executive Chef and Production Manager at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.  Chef Don is not your average, run of the mill hospital cook. His resume is long and very accomplished which has allowed him to take the challenge of running 3 different kitchens with [...]

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