Featured chefs

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Chef Dadang Djajadiredja

Indonesia-born executive chef Dadang (“DJ”) Djajadiredja (CEC, CFBE, CHE) has acquired three American Culinary Federation certifications throughout a 35-year career. Chef DJ has led the culinary teams at country clubs, cruise ships, hotels, and culinary schools from New York to Texas.

Chef Dustin Cochran

Chef Cochran Currently is the cooperate chef for Morrison’s health care in charge of food production for 14 local hospitals in East Tennessee, Chef also managed the largest catering operation in East Tennessee Via the ARAMARK corporation at the University of Tennessee, He orchestrates culinary wizardry for the Skyboxes and Neyland stadium. Chef Cochran’s catering…

Chef Johnathan Dean

21- Years of Culinary leadership and experience. Graduate of Johnson and Wales University Executive Chef Glen-Ella Springs Inn and Conference Center Executive Chef National Health Care Member of US Foods National Culinary Team Center of the Plate Specialist US Foods Knoxville. Executive Chef/Owner of Sweet Celebrations Bakery and Cafe 2008-2012 Executive Chef Parkwest Hospital Corporate…