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.”