Maggiano’s Executive Chefs

At Maggiano’s our guests come first. That attitude and delivery begins in our kitchens, where everything is scratch-made and truly authentic. We are admittedly biased, but we believe our Executive Chefs, who bring the Italian-American spirit to life every day, are the best in the business. They coach and lead their teams, delight our guests, and manage their kitchens with unparalleled skills.

Kansas

Randy Wheeler

Chef Randy Wheeler started his journey with Maggiano's 12 years ago at our Nashville location. He grew up watching his family cook with ingredients and flavors that were inspired by his grandparents who were from the Czech Republic. His love for cooking grew when he went to college and he and his friends would take turns cooking for each other. His favorite thing about working for Maggiano's is continuously learning something new, how every shift is different, and our ability to go outside of the normal menu to help with special needs and banquet functions. Chef Wheeler’s memorable experience with Maggiano's was when he was in Nashville, at a summer holiday teammate outing where they would get together, rent canoes, and spend the day floating the river together.

Texas

Tim McFadden
Tim McFadden, Baybrook, Friendswood

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Nevada

Robert Sanchez
Robert Sanchez, Summerlin, Las Vegas

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Texas

Philippe Verain
Philippe Verain, Memorial City, Houston

Chef Philippe began his journey with Maggiano's in January of 2010 at our Austin, Texas location, and became an Executive Chef at our San Jose location in September 2013. He caught the cooking bug and credits his inspiration to become a chef to cooking with his grandmother and flipping crepes at the age of six. His favorite thing about working at Maggiano's is how every member of his team is there for one another.

Chef Philippe decribes his most memorable experience at Maggiano's as "when we opened the Austin location and saw the massive support from other chefs from all over the nation. That was priceless to me."

New York

Executive Chef
Executive Chef, Garden City, Garden City

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Virginia

Manny Duron

Chef Manny is a pretty long way from his hometown of Aguascalientes, Mexico, but he enjoys working with people of different backgrounds, and the diversity of the people he works with and cooks for at Maggiano's. A part of the Maggiano’s family since 1991, Chef Manny says hands down, his favorite dish is the Beef Medallions. Originally Chef Manny fell in love with cooking because of his love for food and the patience to play with different flavors, and continues to stay intrigued by developing new generations of chefs, cooks, and teammates with those same values. Along with bonding with his co-workers, he loves to get to know the members and hosts of various celebrations at his restaurant and being a part of their special days.  

California

Enrique Martinez

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Wisconsin

Joel Johnson

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District of Columbia

Chris Gebhardt
Chris Gebhardt, Chevy Chase, Washington

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Illinois

Horacio Nava

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Michigan

Ryan Bedell
Ryan Bedell, Big Beaver Rd, Troy

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Florida

Deb Benanti

Deb is from El Paso, Texas and has been a Chef at Maggiano’s since 2004. She is inspired by her mother and father, and enjoys going to the market to see what is available when coming up with new dishes. If she could learn one new culinary skill it would be sugar art and her favorite kitchen tool is her immersion blender because it makes everything from drinks to sauces. At home, Deb likes to eat tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, but when she eats at Maggiano’s she enjoys the Chopped Salad and the Chicken & Spinach Manicotti. When asked where she sees herself in 5-10 years, Deb responded, “Still cooking, perhaps owning a taco stand on the beach.”

Illinois

Steven Crane

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Arizona

Jenna Kelly

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Illinois

Zakh Holston

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California

Matt Dailey

Matt is a native of Indianapolis, IN and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.  He began his career with Maggiano’s in 2010, and had his heart set on being a chef from a young age. Before attending the Culinary Institute of America, Matt learned how to cook through reading countless cookbooks and taking as many culinary-related classes in school as possible. It was his one and only option for a career. His favorite Maggiano’s dish is Chicken Francese, and the aspect of the job he loves the most is working with a group of passionate individuals that are focused on delivering exceptional guest and teammate experiences. Matt's most memorable Maggiano’s experience was a special one. He turned his store into a Hawaiian-themed restaurant to host a dinner for Make-a-Wish for a little girl who was going to Hawaii to learn to surf- complete with staff dressed in tropical shirts and tables covered with flower petals.

Texas

N/A

This location is currently without an Executive Chef!

Missouri

Jason Jones

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Virginia

Michael Rosenhoover

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Texas

Dan Wilk

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Pennsylvania

Stephen Janisz

Chef Stephen began his career at Maggiano’s in 2006. Prior to joining our family, Chef Stephen started out at our sister brand, Chili’s. He began as a dishwasher and after eight years at Chili’s he had performed every position the restaurant had to offer in the front of the house and in the kitchen. He then became a trainer for over 15 restaurant openings across the nation! Now, Chef Stephen is with us! When cooking at home, he loves to smoke Baby Back Ribs and prepare a myriad of side dishes that complement his lip-smacking ribs! In his free time, he jumps at the chance to cook for his soon to be wife, Taylor and spend quality time with her and their puppies, Stella and Guinness!

Florida

Delfino Netto

Delfino Netto has been with Maggiano’s since 2001 and is from Cascavel, Parana, located in Brazil. His favorite moments as a chef include his opportunity to help open seven different Maggiano’s locations, and also seeing those that he helped get promoted to chefs. Delfino’s passion outside of work are his wife and kids. He also loves motor car racing, and if he were not a chef, he insists he would be a race car driver. He finds inspiration for new dishes from reading books, watching cooking shows and simply coming up with different recipes by trying different things. Delfino’s favorite dishes at Maggiano’s are the Chicken Saltimbocca and Crispy Zucchini.

Illinois

Arturo Alvarado

Chef Arturo started working with Maggiano's in 1994 and rose to the challenge of serving as Executive Chef for our Vernon Hills location when it opened in 2014. He became interested in being a chef when he saw other chefs create new dishes, just by using ingredients that you have in your own home. His favorite thing about working for Maggiano's is that when he and his team are busy, the time goes by incredibly fast! Chef Arturo describes his most memorable experience at Maggiano's as when he became an Executive Chef after all of his hard work and dedication.

Tennessee

Gary Rauls

Chef Gary started as a Sous Chef in Troy, MI in 2004 and was later promoted to Executive Sous Chef and Executive Chef at our Nashville location. When he is cooking for family, he likes to make gumbo, and his day-to-day favorites are Latin foods, or anything blackened. When dining out, Gary likes to get sushi or any other type of raw seafood, because he doesn’t make it at home or at the restaurant. In his down time, he spends time playing with his young daughter, and enjoys painting and fishing as well.

Illinois

Ryan Doyel

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Virginia

Roni Claros

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California

Alberto Bini

Chef Alberto started with Maggiano's in October 2009. Growing up in Italy, surrounded by amazing fresh food, with great culinary inpirations provided by his mom and grandmother, it was a no brainer for him to become a chef. One of his favorite things about working for Maggiano's is living the Maggiano's way: working with the best people, and possessing a strong passion for made-from-scratch kitchens. Chef Alberto describes his memorable Maggiano's experience as the day he was promoted to Executive Chef. He says that the entire Grove location team including management, took him out to celebrate over a wonderful dinner. One interesting fact about Chef Alberto is that he is known in the restaurant as "Biniman". He says, "It's like my alter ego. When I step into the restaurant, it's about passion, play, pasta!"

Nevada

Anthony Psyk

Anthony was born in Chicago, IL, and possesses quite a diverse background, with a degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Triton College. He began his career with us at the Schaumburg, IL location in 1999, and since then has helped Maggiano's open multiple new locations including Houston in 2000 and Las Vegas in 2004. Chef Anthony also served at 14 different restaurants before that! His favorite Maggiano’s menu item is the Lighter Take Chicken Parmesan, but when he’s not enjoying food in his kitchen, he loves cooking a clean meal or occasionally enjoying a hamburger from Chili’s. In his free time, you can find him riding a motorcycle, hiking, camping, or at home with his pastry chef wife and two sons. 

Pennsylvania

Jim Birkbeck

Chef Jim is from South Philadelphia where he began his career in the restaurant industry as a bus boy while attending art school. He was able to observe the chefs around him and believed he could combine his love for food with his art background. Chef Jim went to the Restaurant School of Philadelphia and has been with Maggiano’s since 2001. He enjoys long, moonlight walks on the beach while listening to Michael Bublé and contemplating the meaning of "Dream, Passion, and Purpose." In his downtime, Chef Jim loves mountain hikes, astrology, and woodworking with his daughter and son. His favorite dish at Maggiano’s is the Baked Ziti because it reminds him of his mom’s home cooking.

Florida

N/A

This location is currently without an Executive Chef!

Indiana

Mike Gusanders

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Texas

Jon Wilson

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New Jersey

Karey Sottile

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Colorado

Eric Kolk

Eric is from Buffalo, New York and is a classically trained saucier, who also attended the Art Institute of Colorado to formalize his training, and has been with Maggiano’s since 2000.  The best part of being a chef for Eric is the team that surrounds him who make him laugh every day. Eric’s passions outside of being a chef are his wife and daughter. When asked what his favorite dessert was, he responded, “Ice cream. It doesn’t thrill me but it makes my daughter’s eyes light up.” When dining at Maggiano’s, he enjoys the Chicken Saltimbocca and the Beef Medallions. Eric would love to travel to the Caribbean and visit Central America to meet the families of people he has worked with to learn more about their food and culture.

North Carolina

Tyler Griffin

Chef Tyler joined the Maggiano's team in 2007 and originally developed his interest for cooking by helping out in his family's kitchen, using fresh ingredients with every meal he made. It was no surprise to his family when he decided to pursue a career in the Culinary Arts. His favorite thing about working at Maggiano's is the people. His teammates and guests are what make Maggiano's a truly one of a kind experience for him. Chef Tyler describes his memorable experience with Maggiano's as having the opportunity to give back to the community. He was able to orchestrate a 5k race to raise money for Make-A-Wish to grant two wishes. "It was such a great way to give back!' When Chef Tyler is not in the Maggiano's kitchen, he is in his own kitchen cooking with his friends and family, celebrating with great food and great company.

Georgia

Eric Mulville

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Colorado

Marta Serrano

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California

Anastacio Rodriguez
Anastacio Rodriguez, South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

Chef Anastacio started his journey with Maggiano's in May of 2013 as the Executive Chef at our South Coast Plaza location. He became interested in being a chef because of his passion for food and simply from being in the restaurant business for as long as he can remember. His favorite thing about working for Maggiano's is how the whole team cares for one another--like one big family. Chef Anastacio's memorable experience with Maggiano's was all the help and training he received from his mentors, teammates, and managers who got him to where he is today.

Maryland

Matthew Rook

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Ohio

Karl Lenz

Chef Karl has been with Maggiano’s since 1995 and has helped open four of our restaurants. Karl was born and raised in Germany and received his culinary training in Europe, where he served as a sous chef for Hilton for seven years and traveled the globe to London, New York, Guam and Chicago, and also served as a chef on a cruise liner for two years. Karl’s favorite dishes at Maggiano’s are any of our Classic Pastas and a frequent meal that his mother made during his adolescence—Spaghetti & Meat Sauce and Spaghetti & Meatball. Since Karl is from Germany, at home he enjoys cooking German dishes and enjoys many different Mediterranean-inspired dishes when he dines out. Karl spends his free time with his wife Erika, who also worked for Maggiano’s for eleven years and their son, Chris, who he shares his love for ice hockey with!

Illinois

Josh Rodriguez
Josh Rodriguez, Clark & Grand, Chicago

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New Jersey

Joseph Gaeta

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North Carolina

John Reavis

Chef John is from Durham, NC and has been with Maggiano’s since 2002. As a chef, John enjoys working with great people who love and live to cook. After a busy night, he likes to sit down and have a bite to eat with his team and loves to see their passion for food. One of his most memorable experiences was being able to meet a Make-A-Wish child and to see their face when he brought out their favorite dish. The Baked Ziti is Chef John’s favorite dish from Maggiano’s but at home, Chef John usually eats hot dogs or whatever his kids are having. If John was not a Chef, he would be a Draftsman because he spent five years to get his degree before he decided to change careers!

New Jersey

Scott Masciulli
Scott Masciulli, Commons Mall, Bridgewater

Chef Scott started out as a bus boy and became so infatuated with the business and the workings of the kitchen, that he had to get on the line. He thrived on the business and had to find out what it was all about. That was back in 1996, and he's still in the game now and loving it every day! His favorite thing about Maggiano's is feeling like he is a part of something bigger than himself, and notes that the partnership with Maggiano's and Make-A-Wish is particularly special and important to him and his team. Chef Scott's most memorable moment he has while working at Maggiano's is when his father passed away and his entire team made him feel as if he was a part of their own family. He has never felt the love and belonging at any other place he has previously worked. Chef Scott definitely believes that this is the BEST place he has ever worked. Not only because he loves the business, but also because he truly stands behind the people and the brand.

Massachusetts

Andre Barnes
Andre Barnes, Park Square, Boston

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Florida

Fabrizzio Alcazar
Fabrizzio Alcazar, Town Center, Boca Raton

Fabrizzio is a well-travelled chef, which helps make him the best chef he can be. Born in Lima, Peru, and traveling to places such as South Arabia to train cooks, he came to work for Maggiano's in 2002. He has enjoyed bonding with his teammates in the kitchen, making them more like his second family than coworkers. He grew up with his grandmother, who was one of his absolute favorite cooks in the world, and who helped inspire him to become a chef. His favorite dish at Maggiano's is the Rigatoni D, and when he isn't in the kitchen whipping up something delicious, he enjoys his downtime spending time with his family and playing soccer with his kids. 

Washington

Andrew Wilson

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Texas

Matt Nicholson
Matt Nicholson, The Domain, Austin

Chef Matt joined the Maggiano's team in May 1998 at our Austin, TX location. Chef Matt's mom is an incredible cook, which inspired him to become a chef and prepare the best food for his friends and family. His most memorable moment at Maggiano's was being presented "The Wings of Fire" in 2008, honoring his 10 years of dedication to Maggiano's.

Georgia

Luca Bettini

Luca Bettini became interested in being a chef by working with his father and grandfather as a cook when he was nine years old. His favorite thing about working at Maggiano’s is that it's a scratch kitchen focused on family orientation. His most memorable experience was when he was given the opportunity to do the voice-over on a video for the opening of a new Maggiano's location. A cool, interesting fact about Chef Luca is that he was on a professional soccer team in Venice, Italy!

Georgia

Thomas Wenning
Thomas Wenning, Buckhead, Atlanta

Thomas was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts and raised as a Georgia-native in Atlanta. He began his career with Maggiano’s in 2009 after choosing it as the place for his and his wife’s engagement party. After a great experience, he inquired about a position as a chef here. Becoming a chef seemed like a completely natural career choice after growing up in a family that held family dining in high regard. With Maggiano’s, he enjoys that every moment is full of excitement, and is never dull. As far as his favorite dish? It’s no contest: Lobster Carbonara. 

Maryland

Jennifer Bassford
Jennifer Bassford, Annapolis Mall, Annapolis

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Texas

David Duron

Chef David has been with Maggiano’s since 2000, and is from Aguascalientes ("Hot Water"), Mexico, a very small town located in Central Mexico. David loves making people feel special, and revels in seeing guests enjoy dishes made by him. He also enjoys teaching others and leading such a large kitchen. Chef David’s favorite dish at Maggiano’s is the Chicken & Spinach Manicotti, but every morning he starts his day with a piece of Zuccotto Cake and a glass of milk at 5:00 am.

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