Meet some of the local Chefs who will be cooking up some fun at the WCF’s annual fundraiser and community event on Sunday Nov 19.
Meet Daniel Vasterling
Daniel Vasterling is a seasoned professional in the culinary world with vast experiences to share. He entered the hospitality industry over 39 years ago as a dishwasher. Since that time he has participated in almost every aspect of the hospitality industry.
Dan graduated from North Saint Paul High School in 1977. While attending high school h
e took several classes involving food and business. He received a Degree of Occupational Profficiency in Chef’s Training through 916 Technical Vocational Institute in 1979. Dan later returned to school and received an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts from Saint Paul College in 2007. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts Degree with an emphasis on culinary management. He also continues his culinary education through various opportunities from Saint Paul College, Le Cordon Bleu, the American Culinary Federation Educational Institute, the National Restaurant Association, and the Minnesota Restaurant Association.
Dan is currently self employed running his own catering company called Young Dan’l inc.. Dan is currently teaching at Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park. He was employed by Saint Paul College as a Chef Instructor for two and a half years. He has also taught at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts for several years. Dan is a staunch supporter of healthy eating, organic foods, sustainable agriculture and our ecology by practicing recycling and lessening the carbon footprint for the culinary industry. He is the former Owner/Operator of Dan & Molly’s Embers America, a family style franchise located in St. Paul, MN. He also continues to be on call for PROM Catering as a Banquet Chef. Before purchasing the Embers franchise, he was the Executive Chef and Clubhouse Manager at Midland Hills Country Club located in Roseville, MN. Prior to being at Midland Hills, Dan was the Executive Chef and Hotel Manager of the Best Western, White Bear Country Inn.
Dan is co-founder and former President of the St. Paul Chef’s Association, a chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Dan is a Certified Executive Chef, through the ACF. He has been the recipient of the St. Paul Chef’s Association Chef of the Year Award. In 2010 he was selected Educator of the Year by the Minneapolis Chefs Club. He was hand selected from a nationwide search by the ACF to participate in the food preparation for the 1997 graduating class of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He has won numerous awards for his culinary abilities and humanitarian efforts. He has received recognition for hiring and working with the disabled and has also chaired several fund raisers for multiple charities. Dan also appears frequently with culinary students on a local TV station, “FOX9” for the past several years.
The Woodbury Community Foundation, in partnership with the American Culinary Federation (ACF), present the premier culinary event of the season, CHEF FEST 2017 which will bring together the Twin Cities finest ACF Chefs to dazzle your tastebuds and challenge your palate.
Sunday November 19, 2017
To purchase your tickets and for more information CLICK HERE