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Leadership Team

Culinary experts guiding, inspiring and supporting students on this culinary journey

Team: Our Team

Chef Andrea Zelen

Andrea is an accomplished Chef by trade. She has dedicated her life to the culinary arts as seen below by some of her achievements:

  • Chef Instructor and Department Chair of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

  • Honored to be a chef at the world-renowned James Beard House in New York City

  • Honored as a Chef de Rotisseur with exclusive Chaine des Rotisseurs

  • Director of Bakery Operations for 4 Rivers Smokehouse, The Coop and Central Bakery

  • Pastry Chef at Disney’s famed California Grill, Resort Pastry Chef at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

  • Previous owner/creative director at American Brownie Company

She developed this program with the goal of helping children expand their culinary pallets, understand how math and science impact their daily activities and give them the tools to live a healthy lifestyle. She wants every child in Florida to have the opportunity to learn about healthy habits, make it accessible to their families and become self-sufficient in the kitchen

Chef Tom Brassil

Tom didn’t start in culinary. His first love was TV production but while working in his field, he was exposed to culinary arts in food segments he produced. Tom was Chef/Co-owner of American Brownie Co. where they developed amazing flavor combinations for double-decker brownies. American Brownie was featured on QVC, Rachel Ray, Village Live and The Food Network.  After selling the business, Tom became a Chef Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu and Executive Pastry Chef at Chefs Commissary, LLC.  He has also been a guest chef at the following:

  • Executive Pastry Chef – Emirates Airlines Orlando Launch Party at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

  • 3 time Guest Chef, Epcot Food and Wine Festival – Party of the Senses

  • 4 time Guest Chef, Epcot Food and Wine Festival with on stage chef demonstration for park guests

  • 3 time Chef for Chaine des Rotisseurs dinners

  • 5 time Guest Chef – United Way’s Chef Gala

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Chef Sara Bethel

Sara moved all over the world throughout her childhood. She was influenced by the different cuisines and cultures she experienced. Culinary arts has always been her calling which landed her at Le Cordon Bleu. While in school, she worked in the field to better understand and reinforce what she was learning. She created new items and worked with flavors garnered from her travels around the world. Her first major role was at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort under the tutelage of the famed Chef Erich Herbitschek.

As she continued her studies, she fell in love with chocolate and sugar sculptures. Her ability to create show-stopping sculptures became her signature. She competed annually in the Florida Restauant and Lodging Show winning awards for her masterpieces.  Chef Sara has:

  • Been inducted into the American Culinary Federation, holding certification of CPC

  • Has had her chocolate art sculptures showcased at Disney’s EPCOT Food and Wine Festival Party for the Senses and the United Way’s Chef’s Gala

  • Been a guest chef performing a live demonstration at EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

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