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ABSTRACT 

PresentNow 

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 Chef/Owner of Food Island Catering Corp. His passion for feeding people healthy food that sustains life has led his interests to range from wild foraging 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!". 

Recent Highlights: 

-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. 

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!"

Camp Group LLC 

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

ServeSafe 

2009Present

Food Safety Manager 

Have taught food safety courses and hand-on certification training for groups of more than 10 people.  

Associate Degree- Marketing

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

Certifications

ServeSafe 

2009Present 

Serve Safe Food Saftey Manager