Previously Featured Chefs

Daniela Moreira

Chef Daniela Moreira is the Executive Chef for Timber Pizza!

Executive Chef Daniela Moreira is from the beautiful village of Alta-Garcia “High Grace”, Argentina. Although she had dreams of becoming a veterinarian, she believes she was destined to become a chef given her family’s history in the restaurant industry. In grade school, she worked side by side with her mother and grandmother at a summer…

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Evan Nelms

Chef Evan Nelms is the Executive Chef for Tavern 19 at Independence!

Executive Chef Evan is a Midlothian, Virginia native who has been able to develop his culinary expertise through his various kitchen roles. He started as a young dish washer at Salisbury Country Club a few years ago. From there, he was promoted to a line cook where he was given more responsibility and control in…

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John Gouldin

Chef John Gouldin is the Regional Chef for Flik International!

Regional Chef John Gouldin grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. He developed a love of cooking at a young age, watching PM Magazine episodes and learning from his grandmother. However, it was his mother who inspired him to pursue his dreams of starting a career in the restaurant business. John’s professional career started 35 years ago…

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Chris LaCasse

Chef Chris LaCasse is the Executive Chef at The Chart House in Annapolis, MD.

Executive Chef Chris LaCasse grew up in Cambridge, a small town in upstate New York. His journey in the hospitality industry began at the age of 14 as a dishwasher at a popular ski resort. Chris’s professional career started when he earned his degree from the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. After…

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Andrew Holden

Chef Andrew Holden is the Executive Chef at Cedar Knoll in Alexandria, VA.

The Historic property once owned by George Washington is now home to one of Alexandria’s finest restaurants. The newly renovated Cedar Knoll reopened its doors in December 2015 thanks to the hard work of Chef Andrew Holden, his brother Chris, and business partners, Neal and Charlie. Chef Andrew, who grew up in Tennessee and North…

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Chef Zachary Pope

Chef Zachary Pope: The Executive Chef at Blackwall Hitch in Annapolis, MD.

The vision and skill that Zachary Pope has refined over years of training and experience as a chef has led to a simple philosophy: the perfect meal begins with the best ingredients. From there, attention to detail, passion and an ability to entice all the senses set his cuisine apart. While studying pre-med at Baylor…

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Patrick Gross

Chef Patrick Gross: Executive Chef at The Links of Challedon in Mt. Airy, MD.

The Links at Challedon has historically been known for its beautiful views and easy access to the 18th hole. However, this restaurant is receiving new recognition as Chef Patrick Gross has transformed the casual golf course grill into a top tier outdoor dining experience. Keany is pleased to announce Executive Chef Patrick Gross as the…

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Mark Timms

Chef Mark Timms is the Executive Chef at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC.

Chef Mark Timms was born on a sunny day in Sheffield, Yorkshire County, England. As a young man, he dreamed of becoming an artist. He was accepted to the Liverpool Art School, the same school where John Lennon studied. However, Chef was determined to find a path where he could combine his love for creativity…

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Joel Hassanali

Chef Joel Hassanali is the Executive Chef at City Perch Kitchen + Bar in Bethesda, MD.

Chef Joel Hassanali is all about embracing the flavors and traditions of his heritage. Although he spent his early years dreaming of becoming a fireman in Trinidad and Tobago, his future ambitions shifted once his parents opened their own restaurant when he was just seven years old. Chef Joel spent any free time as a…

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Sean Hall

Sean Hall is the Executive Chef at Chadwick’s in Alexandria, VA.

Like many children, Chef Sean Hall grew up helping his mother in the kitchen. He unwillingly admits thinking that his mother wasn’t the best cook as a child, and wanting to help her. As he grew up and tried new cuisines and watched different cooking shows, he realized that his mother was never a bad…

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