Chef Stephen Carroll :: Brasserie V
Chef Stephen Carroll got his first taste of the restaurant life as a teenager in Maryland. He started out at a small bed and breakfast, then went to a local hotspot featuring all-you-can-eat crab nights and blues music. He went on to spend five years at The Iron Hill Brewery in Pennsylvania where he mastered each cooking station. Chef Carroll moved to Madison in 2010 to hone his culinary skills. He spent time at Madison area favorites like The Old Fashioned, The Coopers Tavern, and Nostrano. He settled into the sous chef position at Brasserie V in 2014, and was promoted to Executive Chef in 2016.
Local sourcing is the inspiration that drives him when creating a menu or developing new dishes. Chef Carroll appreciates the inspiration farmer partners provide him through seasonal crops and varieties that can lead to new dishes. In retrospect, he finds that moving to Madison in 2010 was even more special than he thought. Here sourcing locally is just the way that it’s done. Brasservie V is proud to source nearly everything locally at various points throughout the year.
Chef Giovanni Novella :: Cento
Executive Chef Giovanni Novella hails from Torre del Grecco, a fishing port between Naples and Sorrento in southern Italy. He began his cooking career at the early age of 14, when he enrolled in culinary school in Sorrento. Chef Novella sources quality ingredients– locally, and from Italy– and creates classic and innovative dishes that lets these products shine.
Chef Cameron Magee :: Field Table
Cameron started his cooking journey in Virginia while in high school before moving to Chicago to attend The Art Institutes of Illinois and receive an associates degree in culinary arts. He has spent valuable time in New Orleans picking up southern and classic techniques before moving back to Chicago. Over the years he worked through a multitude of different cuisines and restaurants from pizza and bread baking to fine dining all the while developing a love and palate for fresh and simple ingredients with an artistic eye.
Chef Chris Myers :: Fresco
Chef Chris Myers is a Madison native. He became interested in cooking in high school and enrolled in MATC's culinary program. He moved to New Orleans for seven years, beginning his professional career in kitchens including Bayona, with Susan Spicer. He and his wife returned to Madison in 2012 and he began working at Fresco then. One of his favorite parts about being in Wisconsin is access to local farmers and foragers and how "the geology of the land, the temperature, and the amount of rainfall factor into the flavor of the bite on your fork."
Chef Gilbert Altschul :: Grampa's Pizzeria
Gilbert Altschul was born and raised in Madison, WI. After high school he obtained his B.A. in business at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater followed by an A.A. from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute. In addition to working in Scottsdale, Gilbert spent time cooking in San Diego and Chicago before moving back to Madison to open Grampa’s Pizzeria and the neighboring Gib’s Bar. He is currently working on a project to revitalize the historic train station on West Washington Avenue. Gilbert’s family has a long restaurant history in Madison and most of the menu he created at Mickey’s Tavern 10 years ago remains unchanged.
Chef Dan Fox :: Heritage Tavern
Chef Dan Fox's lengthy resume includes cooking at some of Chicago's most beloved restaurants (Everest, Spring Restaurant) as well as abroad at restaurants in Austria and France. The Kendall College grad most recently worked as executive chef at the members-only Madison Club before opening Heritage Tavern in 2013. At Heritage Tavern, guests enjoy twists on familiar dishes that use only local and sustainable ingredients. Chef Dan also has a passion for raising heritage pigs, and in 2011 he founded Fox Heritage Farms, which provides pigs to many other Madison-area kitchens. Chef Dan was Madison Magazine's 2013 Chef of the Year.
Chef David Heide :: Liliana's & Charlie's on Main
David Heide is the owner and executive chef at Liliana’s Restaurant, named after his daughter Liliana. He studied at Le Cordon Bleu, then worked for El Bizcocho in San Diego, where he met is wife, and for Sicilliano's in Vista, California. After moving back to Madison, he worked for several kitchens before opening Liliana's. Chef Heide is incredibly passionate about sourcing local ingredients, not only for their sustainability benefits but because fresh ingredients taste better. He works with dozens of farmers on a regular basis and grows herbs and raises chickens for the restaurant. David's parents met in New Orleans, and Liliana's food is Wisconsin-inspired with a Creole twist.
Chef Adam Struebing :: The Madison Club
Adam Struebing, The Madison Club's new Executive Chef, grew up cooking Sicilian food alongside his grandfather. From a young age Adam knew he wanted to make a career out of food, and as he grew older, he became more and more aware and appreciative of the variety of sustainable ingredients available here in Wisconsin. The farmer’s market and the bustling food scene were important factors in Adam’s move to Madison after he finished culinary school. Adam has been a member of the Madison Club culinary team for more than five years.
Chef Evan Dannells :: Merchant
Chef Evan Dannells joined the Merchant team to instill the highest levels of quality, consistency, and oversight across the company. In Evan’s 15-plus year career in the food industry, he has developed a deep technical skill-set, food knowledge, passion for Wisconsin heritage and farm-to-table cooking philosophy. Evan has been cooking since the age of 15 and has worked extensively at James Beard Award winning restaurants including L’Etoile in Madison under Odessa Piper, BlackBird with Chef Paul Kahan, and back to L’Etoile under Tory Miller. After a brief stint helping open a USDA pork processing plant for a local farm, Evan and his wife Mandy seized an opportunity to launch their own business and opened 4 & 20 Bakery and Cafe, which serves the neighborhood where they reside. Evan received a Culinary Arts Associate Degree from the Western Culinary Institute (now Le Cordon Blue) in Portland, Oregon.
Chef Francesco Mangano :: Osteria Papavero
Chef Francesco Mangano was born and raised in Bologna, Italy. He spent the summers of his youth at his uncle's house on the Tuscan coast, and his grandmother owned an osteria in downtown Bologna. He start cooking professionally 15 years ago, working with Rino Senatore, the official Italian Chef for both the Emperor of Japan and the King of Spain. He cooked at Felidia in New York City and Harvest and Cocoliquot in Madison before opening Osteria Papavero seven years ago. He's a graduate of the University of Bologna, the oldest university in Europe, along with the MATC Culinary Arts program (2001). He also has a master's degree in Food and Wine Tourism and Promotion of Local Products from the University of Siena - Arezzo, in Tuscany. He has taken three trips to Italy with MATC Culinary Arts students, and is hoping to lead another trip next year to the Salone del Gusto in Turino, with Chef/Instrudctor Joe Gaglio.
Chef Patrick DePula :: Salvatore's Tomato Pies
Chef Patrick DePula emerged onto the local restaurant scene in 2011 when he opened his first restaurant, Salvatore’s Tomato Pies, in Sun Prairie. His classic tomato pies, made in reverse and topped with his signature tomato swirl, quickly had customers saying "the best pizza in Madison is in Sun Prairie." At the end of 2014, he officially entered the Madison market with a Sal’s location on East Johnson Street. Patrick is a Madison Area Chefs Network board member, a Yum Yum Fest co-organizer, and a school lunch activist. He was a recipient of a 2015 Edible Madison Local Hero Award for his efforts to bring farm-fresh local food to area schools.