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Culinarian’s Day

by Keith Brunell, Dallas, TX | Written on July 25, 2011

Happy Culinarian’s Day to all of our chefs across the nation! We could not be the restaurant we are without our chefs’ dedication and commitment to our brand. Thank you for all of the long hours and passion you put into your cooking everyday.

Today we’re featuring my friend and colleague, Jeff Mann.

Jeff Mann’s,  more than 18 year tenure with Maggiano’s began when he was hired as a sous chef at our first restaurant in Chicago. In the years since, Jeff was promoted to executive sous chef followed by executive chef by 1996. From there, Jeff served as the executive chef to several Maggiano’s restaurants before taking on his current role three years ago as Research & Development Chef at our restaurant support center in Dallas, Texas. In this role, he has been responsible for creating Maggiano’s monthly features and new dishes that embody classic Italian flavors with a modern twist.

Jeff was influenced by his grandmother at an early age and knew he wanted to become a Chef. He started his career in the restaurant industry at 16 years old as a dish washer, and after high school, Jeff pursued an education in culinary at Kendall College in Chicago, where he also worked at other restaurants in the area before joining Maggiano’s in 1993.

Jeff’s proudest moment as a chef came while he served as executive chef in Boca Raton, Fla., when his restaurant was was recognized for their features menu  and named “Top Restaurant in Boca.”

  • William

    Congratulations Jeff!

  • marge

    Chefs must really like the foods they nake,  Great,

  • Rosa G Van Buren

    My picky husband won’t eat Italian food at any other restaurant. Maggiano’s is our favorite!!!!!!!!!!

  • Evelyn Klein

    Had lunch in Oakbrook today!great meal ordered Lasagna and to my surprise received another serving of this pasta dish to take home for one price!Thank you !E. Klein

  • Johvic

    We love Maggianos!!! It is the very special place that our family meets.  Do you have a “chef day” or a day that customers can share and create their special recipe?? My husband has concocted a REAL great Italian recipe that everyone raves about. Even the church ladies asked for the recipe!

  • Mlgjog

    I love Maggianos and am glad that they have some dairy free entrees since I can not digest dairy.  I wish they had more dairy free desserts than just the cookies.  Can this be done?

  • Sheila

    New comer to this establishment. I tried the mushroom ravioli with marsala cream sauce and braised veal. Totally out of this world delicious. Jacksonville Fl all I can add is WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Richard

    This makes the third time that we asked for extra bread with carry out. They say ok. When we pick up order and we ask if they gave us extra bread they say yes They lie. I get home with order. No extra bread. Get wife upset with me because I never looked inside sack to make sure. Food might be ok but service stinks.

  • Steve & Margaret

    We love Jeff!!! We had our Wedding Reception at Maggiano’s 10/26. He took such great care of us. He kept checking in…. The food was fabulous! Thanks again for such a wonderful evening and great food! Steve & Margaret

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