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ABSTRACT 

Who is Chef Bob?

After recently winning 2nd place at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show's "Surf & Turf Chef's Competition" he has solidified his place as one of South Florida's most innovative, cutting edge, locally-focused chefs. Having learned from and opened restaurants with Chef Allen Susser, he is now Freelance Chef on Various Motor Yachts and Chef/Owner of Food Island Catering Corp. His passion for feeding people healthy food that sustains life has led his interests to range from Scuba diving for lobster and lionfish, to wild foraging native ingredients, to raw lacto-fermentation to house-cured Bottarga Di Muggine. While showcasing his talent through world-wide influences he seamlessly melds our native, seasonal offerings into culinary delight. "It's <3 @ 1st Bite!".            STCW Certified! 

Recent Highlights: 

- As a Slow Food "Snail of Approval" Certified Chef, I work with Local Farmers, Fishermen and Butchers for the finest Organic products to prepare Life-Giving Cuisine. 

-2nd Place at Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show's "Surf & Turf Chef's Competition

-Catered- The Longines Global Champions Tour in South Beach, Miami

-Catered- Palm Beach County School Board's Technology Conference w/600 attendees

-Featured in The Palm Beach Post as "#1 Thing To Do" for my Historic Dinner for Charity 

-Head Chef for 2 Kids Sports Camps last 2 summers. Trained/managed 20+ International Staff members. 

130' Motor Yacht VISION

2017Present 

Chef (Freelance)

Delivers Top-of-Category Cuisine that exceeded the Owner's expectations to the point where He said I'd bested his formerly favorite Chef and that the Family wanted to steal me.  

106' Motor Yacht NORTHLAND

20182018

Chef (Freelance)

Head Chef on M/Y Northland, a Brand-New steel-hulled Berger exploration vessel. Owner said recently "You never cease to amaze me!" and "Everything has been exceptional" 

Owner/Chef

"Handcrafted, Gourmet, Organic Catering"

Providing healthy, delicious, nutritious, inspired food prepared with 5 Star techniques, at some of the finest venues in S. Fl. We use wild foraged ingredients whenever possible and local and organic when not. Our modus operandi is to find or buy the best ingredients we can and then stay out of their way! To show respect and gratitude for what our farmers and fishermen bring to us and to use it in the most uplifting & inspired way possible. We show love through our food and people love us back for it. Our slogan is multifaceted in that "It's Love At First Bite!"

Summer Sports Camps for Kids 

20152016

Camp in MI and Camp in NH on 500 Acre Private Island

Served as Head Chef at 2 different Summer Sports Camps for Kids (2015 & 2016). 

-Trained, Certified in Safe Food Handling Procedures and Managed teams of over 20 International workers.

-Kids in dining hall would chant "We Love Chef Bob" of their own accord.  

Kitchen Manager/Restaurant Opening Team Lead 

Worked for, Learned from and Opened restaurants with Chef Allen who coined the word "Floribbean" and put Florida cuisine on the World Stage

Bella Vita Trattoria Italiano

20092010

Chef & Manager

Responsible for all aspects of restaurant operations from FOH to BOH. Cooked all dishes, trained/managed employees, recruited and hired new staff.

President

Full-Service, Sustainability Focused, Real Estate Brokerage with 15 Real Estate Agents.

Senior Sales Executive/Site Acquisition Specialist 

Managed and sold all aspects of transit advertising for 2 counties and many billboards.

Researched, explored and analysed new sites for potential acquisition and financial viability 

UPS

19992002

Supervisor- Unload & Preload

Responsible for 15 employees and 45 package trucks. Worked the 3:00am-8:00am shift before going to class.

Bob's Lawn Care

19961999

Owner/Operator

Serviced residential and commercial accounts with a staff of 3 part-time employees during high-school.

Education

STCW

2017Present

Basic Seamanship

Firefighting, First-Aid, CPR, Basic Survival Techniques, Etc. 

Associate Degree- Marketing

Was Supervisor at UPS for scholarship assistance (3:00a.m.-8:00a.m. M-S)

Certifications

PADI

20122017

Advanced Open Water Diver Certification

ServeSafe 

2009Present 

Serve Safe Food Saftey Manager