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Damon Kessler

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Damon Kessler joined Gate Gourmet in 2013 and is currently serving as an Area Executive Chef of the Eastern region of the US. He has 14 kitchens in his network and is based in New York.

Damon comes to Gate Gourmet with a wealth of knowledge for the Airline industry working with as many as 75 international airlines. His experience includes over 15 years in the airline industry running Multiple inflight kitchens, high volume inflight kitchens, high profile events (Formula one, ) Menus Development,  Workshops and join events with Celebrity & Michelin stared chefs locally and abroad, some of the high profile airlines Damon has developed for are British Airways, Alitalia, Asiana, Swiss, Lufthansa ,Air France and Open skies just to name a few.

Prior to joining Gate Gourmet Damon was Corporate Executive Chef -Operations and Design for Flying food group. he also worked for Do & Co International as Executive Chef where he began his career in Airline catering.

Prior to the Airline catering Damon worked in various NYC restaurants- American Place -Larry Forgione & Vong- Jean-Georges

He is a graduate from Johnson and Whales University with a degree in Culinary Arts.

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About the author, Shawn

Chef Shawn has worked in almost every segment of the foodservice industry. He holds business degrees and certificates in Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Accounting and Professional Sales. He is Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and a Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) through The American Culinary Federation. A Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) through the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is the author of The First Timer’s Cookbook and The First Timer’s Bakebook. His work has been recognized nationwide as well as being a regular contributor to numerous food service publications and outlets and is the recipient of numerous awards-most recently the 2015 Culinary Educator of the Year through the local American Culinary Federation’s chapter-Beehive State Chef’s Association.

He the owner of multiple food service businesses and currently the host of the Business Chef Podcast.

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