At that early age, he also started competing as an amateur chef. Cal’s
career fast tracked when he entered the American Culinary Federation
Apprenticeship Program in 1980, graduating in 1983, and climbed the ladder to Certified Executive Chef, quickly being recognized as Chef of the Year. From there he has experienced everything from the pinnacle of cooking for dignitaries and professionally competing in the International Culinary Olympics (IKA) to getting into the trenches of designing and building professional kitchens from the ground up.
Throughout his career, as an instructor to ACF apprentices, CRAEF ProStart
students, collegians, and aspiring foodies, his love for sharing his craft
is infectious to those who want to learn more and grow as culinarians and
Cal lives in Redding, California with his wife Christa, their son
Isaac, their big lab Remi and his kitty buddy Mister Milo. There are no restaurants on the horizon. Together they are rebuilding and improving their health, while Cal helps Christa regain her strength from a recent aggressive flare with Multiple Sclerosis and Psoriatic Arthritis. Christa is also the organizer for the local support group, HOPE4MS. Together they are moving forward in Catering, Food Styling and Restaurant Photography.
For Chef Cal’s full bio please visit www.chefcal.net.