Chef of the Month: Stephen Belie

Dishing up a little slice of paradise to lucky travelers, Executive Chef Stephen Belie utilizes his Caribbean surroundings to serve upscale entrees with a locavore twist. Recognized as the “Best Hotel Dining in Florida” by Zagat, Chef Stephen’s culinary credo at The Dining Room at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa offers an eclectic, seasonal menu thatFIND OUT MORE |

Chef Cristina Bowerman – ITALY

Rome, Italy Name: Cristina Bowerman Restaurant: Glass Hostaria Location: Rome, Italy As one of the only Italian female chefs ever to be awarded a Michelin star, Cristina Bowerman’s storied career spans almost twenty years and two continents, with her modern approach to Italian cuisine drawing heavily from her bi-costal roots. As Rome’s foremost foodie address,FIND OUT MORE |

Chef Jeff Jackson – USA

San Diego, CA Name: Jeff Jackson Restaurant: The Lodge at Torrey Pines: A.R. Valentien, the Grill at Torrey Pines Location: La Jolla, CA Long before ‘locavore’ became mainstream culinary-speak, Executive Chef Jeff Jackson was busy experimenting with seasonal menus and locally sourced ingredients from his post as Executive Chef of The Lodge at Torrey Pines,FIND OUT MORE |

Chef Mark Kropczynski – USA

San Diego, CA Name: Mark Kropczynski Nationality: Polish & Albanian Country of Residence: United States Mark Kropczynski is the Executive Chef at THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel in San Diego, CA and the hotel’s AAA Four Diamond restaurant, The Grant Grill. Having discovered a liking for professional cooking at age 15, Kropczynski has sinceFIND OUT MORE |

Chef Claudia Sandoval – USA

San Diego, CA Name: Claudia Sandoval, Winner of MasterChef Season 6 Nationality: Mexican Country of Residence: United States 1. Your Restaurant/Business: Claudia’s Cocina. 2. Describe Your Kitchen: Modern Mexican Seafood (if we are being specific – Mazatlan Style Seafood). 3. Your Favorite Chef Works Item and Why: The Montreal Cool Vent Chef Coat – comfortable, not stiff, coolFIND OUT MORE |

Chef Phillip Esteban – USA

San Diego, CA Name: Phillip Esteban Age: 34 Nationality: Filipino Country of Residence: United States 1. Your Restaurant/Business: Consortium Holdings – Chef  |  Culinary Research & Development. 2. About Your Kitchen: One of the many great things about my position is that I work with amazing chefs within our company and their kitchens. Consortium Holdings has allowed meFIND OUT MORE |

Chef Kevin Gillespie – USA

Atlanta, GA Name: Kevin Gillespie Age: 34 Nationality: American Country of Residence: United States 1. Your Restaurant/Business: My restaurant management and consulting group, Red Beard Restaurants. We currently have four concepts: Gunshow, Revival, Communion, and Terminus City. 2. About Your Kitchen: We have a galley kitchen at Gunshow, lots of storage, counter-top space, and light. 3. Your FavoriteFIND OUT MORE |

Chef Thiago Silva – USA

Boston, MA Name: Thiago Silva Age: 31 Nationality: Brazilian Country of Residence: United States 1. Your Restaurant/Business: Chew Innovation, a studio, lab and kitchen in Boston, MA. 2. About Your Kitchen: It’s the greatest place on earth, magically delicious!! 3. Your Favorite Chef Works Item: All the aprons! Especially the denim ones. Comfy and sexy! I’m currently wearingFIND OUT MORE |

Chef Martin Louzao – Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico Name: Martin Louzao Age: 37 Nationality: Argentinian Country of Residence: Puerto Rico 1. Your Restaurant/Business: Cincosentidos Inc. currently have Cocina Abierta, an interactive culinary experience; Nonna Cucina Rustica our Italian restaurant concept; Atelier, a culinary school for aficionados and Touro our recently opened Spanish inspired restaurant. 2. About Your Kitchen: Eclectic – I likeFIND OUT MORE |

Chef David Cioppa – B.V.I.

Beef Island, Tortola, British Virgin Islands Name: David Cioppa Age: 45 Nationality: American Country of Residence: British Virgin Islands 1. Your Restaurant/Business: Surfsong Villa Resort in Well Bay, Beef Island, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. 2. About Your Kitchen: Small, organized, well-equipped, clean and cool. 3. Your Favorite Chef Works Item: Blue, lightweight ¾ sleeve chef jacket (Item JLCL)FIND OUT MORE |