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Category Archives: Chefs Spotlight

Siegfried “Siggy” Schafner

For most, a career is an end in itself.

But for Siegfried “Siggy” Schafner, it was simply a means.

“I knew when I was young that I wanted to travel. I decided that becoming a chef would give me the ability to do that,” says Siggy. He was set on the culinary path...
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Full Circle: Chef Walter Bandt

If Chef Walter Bandt’s life had a soundtrack, it would have to include Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere.” He was born in Dallas, but has lived South and Central America, Europe and various stateside locations, and travelled the world. Now at age thirty-six, he’s come full circle, serving as head chef for the recently opened...
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Cibo Divino’s Daniele Puleo

Shouldering extra responsibilities at home while his parents worked turned out to be life changing for Daniele Puleo. He cooked for his two younger brothers every single day after school. “To be honest, I kind of liked it. It made me feel like I had a purpose, which is not easy to say when you’re...
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Shaleiah Fox: Fresh Chefs Society

Watching a parent fix an evening meal as a child, experimenting independently in the kitchen as a teen, and laughing and lingering around the table with family and friends—most take these childhood food memories for granted. But children in long-term foster care often miss out on these formative experiences.  At best, food preparation for multiple...
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