Chef Brian Smith

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Brian Smith began cooking as a young child alongside his mother and grandmother. His grandparents had a house in Kino Bay, Mexico where they would often go fishing. Brian remembers catching crabs and digging up clams. He says, “the first time I had clam chowder was when I fell in love with seafood.” By the age of sixteen, Chef Brian …

Chef Christophe Breat

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Chef Christophe Breat grew up on a vineyard in Burgundy, France, where he watched his grandmother prepare dishes using fresh ingredients from her farm. Chef Breat’s fond memories of his grandmother’s cooking inspired him to become a chef. Chef Breat earned his Brevet Professional Diploma from CFA Pierre Dufour Culinary Art Institute in Roanne, France. Upon graduation, he honed his …

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Chef Ronald Fougeray

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Time spent at Philadelphia’s most famous restaurant; Le Bec-Fin proved instrumental for Chef Ron Fougeray. Considered an institution in Philadelphia, the restaurant was rated America’s finest French restaurant, and the Mobil Travel Guide consistently awarded it five stars for 40 years. During his tenure, Chef Ron was mentored by renowned owner and French chef, Georges Perrier. Georges left an indelible …

Chef Ben Diaz

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Born in Los Angeles, Chef Ben Diaz has always been fascinated with cooking. He remembers walking on the beach to dig up clams and enjoying the aromas and sounds at the Long Beach fish market. His father, an accomplished chef, would prepare breakfast while Ben watched carefully. “Seeing the passion my dad had for his craft really inspired me” says …

Chef Miguel

Chef Miguel Angel Heredia

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A native of Tucson, Arizona, Miguel’s first memories were of watching his mother make wedding cakes. He quickly fell in love with cooking and was always be in the kitchen helping his mother prepare the cakes. He also remembers having fun fishing with his father and brother in Mazatlan, Mexico. When he is not in the kitchen, you can find …

Chef Gary Fowler

Chef Gary Fowler

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Before embarking on a whirlwind culinary journey across the globe, Gary Fowler grew up in the Midwest, learning the rules of the kitchen from his mother. Fowler owned his own catering business, Asa’s Reign, while working as a professor at a local college. After several years of working full-time at the college, Fowler decided to dedicate all his time to …

Chef Vince Terusa

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Before attending culinary school, Chef Vince Terusa was a professional drummer and college percussion teacher. He sees many parallels between making music and leading a cohesive, talented team in a restaurant kitchen. Musical and culinary arts involve creativity, collaboration, “performing” and working with one’s hands to generate a product for an audience’s enjoyment. Terusa, an Orange County native, teaches various …

Culinary Director, Eddie Moran

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Having learned a variety of world cuisines under the tutelage of many prestigious chefs, Chef Eddie Moran has brought his culinary talent and expertise to Foundation 10 Creative in Palm Springs. Chef Moran comes from a family of cooks where the kitchen was always crowded. Naturally, he was drawn to cooking at a young age. He watched classic PBS kitchen …

Chef Brandon Testi

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Chef Brandon Testi was classically trained in culinary arts from Riverside Culinary Academy in Riverside, California, and graduated with honors at the top of his class. He has utilized his original, modern style at a variety of restaurants and resorts ranging from Angels Stadium in Anaheim to The Archer Hotel in Austin, Texas. After years of refining his skills and …

Chef Vince Cultraro

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Chef Vince Cultraro started his culinary career as a dishwasher at a resort hotel in Marzamemi, Sicily. Born by the sea in Southern Italy, seafood becomes a way of life. There, he used to dive for sea urchins and eat them raw. He would also catch Octopus, a favorite of his, and immediately cook it on the beach over a …