Meet the Chefs
Stephen Bush, CEC, team chef
Bush is sous chef at The Club at Mediterra in Naples, Florida. In 2010, Bush joined the Greenbrier as a sous chef for the Main Dining Room after graduating from the culinary apprenticeship program. Bush received an associate degree in hospitality management from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. An avid competitor, Bush was captain of the Sinclair-Dayton Culinary Competition Team and earned more than 20 medals in ACF-sanctioned competitions. He is a member of ACF Caxambas Naples & Marco Island.
Andrew Corrao, CCC, CEPC, team pastry chef
Corrao is banquet/pastry chef at Bambara Restaurant in Salt Lake City, Utah. Corrao holds an associate degree in applied science in culinary arts from Utah Valley University. He has earned numerous medals in ACF-sanctioned competitions and in 2016 earned the title of ACF Western Region Pastry Chef of the Year. He is a member of ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter Inc.
Gerald Ford, CMC, team chef
Ford is senior sous chef at the Everglades Club in Palm Beach, Florida. Ford received a bachelor’s degree in professional studies from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York. He competes in both hot- and cold-food competitions, is a gold-medalist ice sculptor and is the 2010 winner of the Les Amis d’Escoffier competition. Ford is one of 68 ACF Certified Master Chefs® in the country. He is a member of ACF Palm Beach County Chefs Association.
Thomas Haggerty, CCC, team chef
Haggerty is sous chef at Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande, Florida. He is a graduate of the ACF chef apprenticeship program at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Overland Park, Kansas, where he also received an associate degree of applied science in culinary arts. As a member of the student culinary team at JCCC, his team earned three silver and two gold medals in ACF-sanctioned competitions. Haggerty is an ACF national member.
Geoffrey Lanez, CEC, team chef
Lanez is sous chef at Somerset Club and CEO/owner of Burrd Productions, both in Boston, Massachusetts. He holds an MBA in hospitality from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Lanez holds numerous medals from competing in ACF-sanctioned competitions, including the title of Northeast Region Student Chef of the Year in 2014. He is the recipient of the Johnson & Wales University Apprenti Cuisinier Special Recognition Award of Excellence. He is a member of ACF Rhode Island Chapter.
Robert Marilla, CEC, team chef
Marilla is chef instructor at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina. Marilla graduated magna cum laude with an associate degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University, Charleston, South Carolina. In 2013, he received the ACF North Carolina Chef Educator of the Year award. Marilla holds over 20 medals from competing in ACF-sanctioned competitions and is a member of American Culinary Federation Chefs of Charlotte Inc.
Kelsee Newman, CEPC, team pastry chef
Newman is pastry arts instructor at Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Cincinnati, Ohio. Newman graduated summa cum laude earning an associate degree in baking/pastry arts from Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky. She has earned several gold medals in ACF-sanctioned competitions with individual centerpieces, petit fours and plated desserts, and earned a bronze medal at the IKA “culinary Olympics” in 2012 with a chocolate centerpiece. She is a member of ACF Greater Cincinnati Chapter.
Lyn Wells, team chef
Wells is sous chef at Cowboy Club in Wellington, Utah, and adjunct instructor at Utah Valley University Culinary Arts Institute. She earned an associate of science in culinary arts from Utah Valley University and is currently working toward a Master of Business Administration degree. An avid competitor, Wells has earned numerous medals in ACF-sanctioned competitions and a bronze medal at the IKA “culinary Olympics” in 2016, and a gold medal in the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Jeunes Chef national competition. In 2013, Wells earned the title of ACF Western Region Student Chef of the Year. She is a member of ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter Inc.