Chefs / Restauranteurs

Amanda has been a judge on Chopped, battled Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America, & competed for title of America’s Next Iron Chef. Her passion for food was fostered by everyone from her grandparents to her high school home economics teacher.

Amanda Freitag

Chef and Author- Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-22-2019

Chef Rusty is the executive chef for Zac Brown Brand & host of the renowned pre-concert dinner party, the “Eat & Greet.” Rusty’s most recent accolade was securing a spot as a finalist on season 13 of Food Network Star while continuing to tour around the country with Zac Brown Band.

Rusty HamlIn

Chef and Restauranteur- Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-22-2019

Winner of the Cochon 555 nose-to-tail competition, he was the Best New Chef award by Food & Wine magazine. In May 2014, he was honored with the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef: Northeast, & named 2016 Massachusetts Exec. Chef of the Year.

Jamie Bissonnette

Chef and Restauranteur- Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-22-2019

Born & raised in Los Angeles, CA., Brooke Williamson has carved out an impressive résumé full of leading roles & professional achievement, such as being the youngest female chef to ever cook at the James Beard House & winning Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 14 in Charleston.

Brooke Williamson

Chef and Restauranteur- Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-21-2019

Graham Elliot an award-winning chef, restaurateur, television personality & cookbook author. “Food to me, in one word, is ‘creativity’ or ‘expression.’ It’s simple, ‘This is who I am at this point in time, & this is what I want to cook for you.”

Graham Elliot

Chef, restauranteur, television personality and cookbook author- Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-21-2019

Matt is a frequent guest chef on The Today Show and has appeared on NBC’s The Chew and DirecTV’s Fantasty Zone

Matt Abdoo/Shane McBride

Chefs & Restauranteurs-Bourbon and Beyond

Interviewed: 09-20-2019

Chef Jose Salazar was born in Colombia South America & was raised in Queens NY. Chef Salazar got his start in restaurants as a bartender & waiter at some of New York’s hottest establishments.

Jose Salazar

Chef & Restauranteur-Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-20-2019

Michael has been recognized as one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs 2013, winner of Bravo’s Top Chef, and hosted the Travel Channel series 

Michael Voltaggio

American Chef & Restauranteur-Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-20-2019

Chef Thierry Rautureau, nicknamed "The Chef In The Hat", is the chef/owner of restaurants, Loulay and Luc, in Seattle, Washington.

Chef Thierry Rautureau

Nicknamed- (The Chef in the Hat) & Chef/Owner of Loulay and Luc Restaurants

Interviewed: 05-02-2019

Ouita Michel has always made locally grown ingredients a priority in her restaurants.

Ouita Michel

Owner, Ouita Michel Restaurants Group

Interviewed: 12-08-2017

Chef David Danielson applies classic French training with fresh and local flavor.

Chef David Danielson

Executive Chef, Churchill Downs Racetrack

Interviewed: 07-28-2017

Peng Looi followed his heart and became a world-class chef.

Chef Peng S. Looi

Partner/Executive Chef of Asiatique Restaurant and August Moon Chinese Bistro

Interviewed: 03-24-2017

Creativity in food, atmosphere and service fuel John Varanese in his career as chef and restaurant owner.

John Varanese

Chef and Restaurateur, Varanese, River House, and Levee Restaurants

Interviewed: 10-23-2015

Saul Garcia followed his dream of seeing people enjoying themselves while sharing a meal at his own restaurant.

Saul Garcia

Co-Founder & Owner of the Los Aztecas & Sol Azteca Mexican Restaurants

Interviewed: 10-11-2013

Chef Edward Lee wakes every morning with a passion for his work, and for learning and discovering new things.

Ed Lee

Internationally Renowned Chef & Founder of 610 Magnolia & Milkwood Restaurants

Interviewed: 10-11-2013

Vincenzo Gabriele and his brothers grew up with a love for fine dining, inspired by their father, a captain in the Merchant Marine.

Vincenzo Gabriele

Founder, Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant

Interviewed: 10-11-2013

Curiosity and a love for food drive Joe Castro, best known as “Chef Joe” in his career as a nationally renowned award-winning chef.

Joe Castro

Chef & Executive Chef Training Specialist, GE Experience Center

Interviewed: 12-22-2008

Dean Corbett is passionate about seeing people enjoy themselves.

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