2018 CHEFS


Jason Carlson

Native Eatery and Bar

Jason Deleo

Jason Deleo is the owner and chef of Food By Deleo and Meals by Deleo. Food by Deleo specializes in catering and special events, where Meals by Deleo is a meal prep service to help customers achieve their health goals. He has been catering in Rochester for the last 16 years and running the newer meal prep portion for the last 3 years, with both businesses growing more each day. 
Jason started his culinary career as a dishwasher at the Arena Party house. He then became a line cook at The Brasserie. That is when he knew he found his calling and decided to go to the Culinary Institute of America to join an elite group of chefs. After graduating from CIA he was the Executive Chef at Bausch and Lomb Headquarters. Jason and his wife moved to Florida when he was presented the opportunity to be the opening chef of the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando. When he moved back to Rochester he served as the executive chef at The Harbor House. In 2002 he ventured out on his own and created Food by Deleo, this sucessful catering business, little did he know would produce one of the top meal prep companies in Rochester; Meals by Deleo.
Before Meals by Deleo came to fruition Jason dealt with many health issues. He was a type-2 diabetic, overweight with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and depression, all at the age of 38. Needing to make a change and knowing the weight loss fads of the world were not for him, he created a meal plan and followed a macro-based diet. Through this plan he was able to lose 80 pounds, and swear off his max dose medications. Inspired by his transformation, his family and friends asked for his help to achieve their own goals through nutrition. And thus, Meals By Deleo was born. With his culinary prowess and quest for good nutrition, he is able to to consistently provide tasty fresh (Never Frozen) meals delivered to your home. 
Jason is the proud father of 4 boys who are all following in his foot steps, and loving husband to his wife of 22 years Nicole. Jason prides himself in being a family man and giving back to the community in anyway possible, especially giving out meals to those in need. It's not just making good food that he represents, it is about being a good person while doing it. 

Brian Frank

Native of Rochester, NY, Chef Brian Frank found his passion for food early on. Starting his culinary career in local restaurants and country clubs at the young age of fifteen he instantly fell in love with the diverse culture and personalities of the kitchen. The chaos and fast paced environment always offered something to be learned. Brian attended a local culinary trade school during his High School years and continued his education at Johnson & Wales University where he attained an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts and later, a Bachelors in Food Service Management.  Brian worked closely under the watchful eye of Chef John Richardson at the acclaimed French restaurant Pot Au Feu. This experience honed his culinary techniques, the foundation for what would become his personal artistic cooking style. Upon graduating, Chef Brian Frank worked in various restaurants on the east coast with talented world renowned Chefs such as David Bouley, Brian Bistrong, Greg Vassos, Jeremy Collins and John Frezee. Brian combined their influence with his own unique preferences to bring modern dining concepts into the homes of many of his clients.

Vincent Gilliard

Chef Vincent started his career as a busboy in his hometown of Sodus, NY.  During High School, he worked full time in a few small restaurants. He admired the chefs in the kitchen and was inspired to work side by side with them. In 2014, he was offered a position to join the Oak Hill Culinary Team, a few years after he originally applied.  
During his time at Oak Hill Country Club, Chef Vincent has climbed up the ranks in the kitchen and has competed in multiple competitions, including an American Culinary Federation sanctioned Hot Food competition where he earned a Silver Medal.  He has also helped Oak Hill win two consecutive Dish It Out titles, alongside Executive Chef Christopher Roth, and is spearheading the Club’s Dish It Out team this year.  
Chef Vincent has position himself as a member of Oak Hill’s Culinary Leadership Team and is committed to educating and guiding young culinarians

Anton Guzman

Executive Chef Anton Guzman is a Culinary Institute of America Graduate of 2016. Prior to
attending culinary school he worked in restaurant kitchens for 10 years. He was the Sous Chef at
The Back Nine Grill, Head Chef at Wall Street, and Executive Chef at The Pittsford Pub. Chef
Guzman also has experience working in the Hudson Valley, as well as in New York City. He has
been the Executive Chef at Label 7 Napa Eatery and Bar since August 2016. Chef Guzman
displays a passion for working with, teaching and learning from his staff and other chefs. His
favorite things to cook are fresh pastas, steaks and chops. In his free time he enjoys spending
time with family and friends, playing with his dog, and driving his Mustang.

Adam Hamilton

Adam Hamilton has worked in some of the most premier restaurants and sushi bars in the city of Rochester.  Over the recent years he has worked locally in the kitchens of The Ox and Stone, Roux, Banzai, and California Rollin, to name a few, and is currently at the newly re-opened The Hideaway on Park Avenue and is also featured at The New York Kitchen as their sushi class instructor. While training and working at California Rollin, in the city's village gate, he developed a passion for sushi and was eventually driven to start his own venture, POKE SUSHI.  POKE SUSHI is Rochester New York's premier pop-up fusion sushi bar that focuses on utilizing creative ideas combined with the freshest ingredients possible to bring you one of the most unique and delicious sushi experiences that this city has to offer.  His fare is featured weekly at The Hideaway at 197 Park Ave every Wednesday from 7pm until midnight and periodically at different venues across the city.  His love for sushi combined with his broad culinary experience allows him to offer a fresh and new take on fusion sushi and to share his talent and passion with others.

Follow him on instagram and twitter #@pokesushi87 and visit Poke Sushi, Rochester NY on facebook for updates on events and much more.

Sarah Kelsey

Born and raised in a small town outside of Utica, NY called Clinton, Chef Sarah’s interest in food started at an early age. She cooked along side her Grandparents, Mother and Aunts who Knew How to cook great food. Keeping family recipes and traditions were very important to her family. After High School she attended The New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, VT. During Her education she had to complete internships which took her from a resort in Saratoga Springs, NY to a four- diamond fine dining restaurant in Charleston, SC.
After a couple of years in Charleston, SC working under Chef Ciaran Duffy, she worked at an event for rising chefs in Manhattan at the James beard House. She worked at many establishments where she fell in love with the private club aspect of the culinary industry. She landed in Rochester, NY at the Genesee Valley Club where she worked through the ranks from a line cook to a Sous Chef. Under Chef Michael Macri, CEC she learned how to be a great leader. Sarah always showed a passion and drive to do her best.
Sarah’s vision is to elevate simple foods with different techniques. She also believes in cooking with seasonal products and working with local farms to provide the freshest ingredient to her members.

Stephen Kingston

Stephen began his culinary journey and passion for food as a boy in his Grandmother’s kitchen. Every fall they would make apple sauce and every spring strawberry-rhubarb pie. This carried on in the kitchen at home with his mother. In his mid-twenties, Stephen attended Johnson & Wales University where he graduated with honors. During his time at JWU he received the Distinguished Visiting Chef Scholarship which is awarded to three students annually.

Stephen began his professional career as a private Chef in Cape Cod. Soon after, Stephen took his talents to the Hyatt Corporation where he served in many capacities within the kitchen and front of the house. Stephen worked in Hyatt properties in Key West FL, Dearborn MI, Pittsburgh PA, and Cambridge MD. In his career at Hyatt, Stephen was named manager of the quarter and placed first in crab cook offs over multiple years.

Stephen became Executive Chef at Rochester Institute of Technology.  In June of 2014 Stephen eagerly accepted the position of Assistant Executive Chef for Campus Auxiliary Services at SUNY Geneseo.  Here Stephen will utilize his passion, skills, and community awareness to lead the team at Letchworth Dining Complex.
In 2013 Stephen was runner up in the ACF Chef of the Year competition for the Rochester chapter.  In 2014 Stephen took top honors and was named the Rochester chapter ACF Chef of the Year. He also captained a team that received a bronze medal in an American Culinary Federation mystery basket competition and earned a second place finish in a national recipe contest for General Mills.
Stephen and Deena are proud parents of two children Lyla and Abel, and a Black Labrador named Arlo.  Stephen enjoys spending time with his family and can be found Sunday mornings making scratch pancakes with his kids.

Debbie Maruke

Summit at Brighton

Dustin Muroski

Dustin Muroski, originally from Oswego NY, Starting as a dishwasher at Oswego Country Club at the age of 15.  In the first two weeks of working he was promoted to line cook and held the Junior Sous Chef role before leaving for Paul Smiths College at the age of 19.  Muroski excelled in culinary school and gained experience working with great chefs including Chef Paul Sorgule who gold medaled in the 1988 Culinary Olympics in Germany. In 2001, Chef Muroski graduated cum laude with a degree in Culinary Arts. He then worked as a line cook, Kitchen Supervisor and finally Sous Chef at the Airport Marriott in Greece under Chef Jeff Bleier, world renown for Ice Carving.
Chef Muroski has best been known for holding the Executive Chef Position in the areas largest hotels.   His resume includes being the Executive Chef at the Hyatt Regency Rochester, where he was tasked with many build-and-design projects as well as the ability to work in many large Hyatt hotels throughout the Northeast.   Working closely with the sales and catering team, Chef Muroski was able to establish the property as one of the best catering facilities in the area.  In addition, Chef Muroski worked as Executive Chef at both the Rochester Plaza Hotel and the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside which was the second largest hotel in Upstate NY
Chef Muroski, currently the Executive Chef at Grappa located in the Hilton Garden Inn Collegetown, carefully crafts a modern Italian dining experience perfect for a night out, a lively dinner with friends or a quick bite. In addition he oversees all Culinary Operations for the hotel.  He took the helm in July 2016
Chef Muroski has been a part in many of the charities in the Rochester Area.  He has worked closely with the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction for many years.  In addition he had participated in the Flavors of Rochester event to benefit the American Liver Foundation.  He has executed many Galas for charities such as American Heart Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Camp Good Days & ROC Properties -Habitat for Humanity. Also Chef Muroski is a supporter of CURE where he was the Host Chef for the CURE Brunch for two years as well as a participant for many years.

Arlington Rush

The Hideaway

Kevin Toole

Locust Hill Country Club


Brenda Allen

Brenda Allen is the Pastry Chef at the Summit at Brighton and Wolk Manor in Brighton, New York. They are Independent and Assisted Senior Living facilities where Brenda is solely responsible for the planning and preparation of all dessert courses on a daily basis.

Brenda has thirty years of culinary experience, including line cooking, serving, prep cooking and now baking. In High School, she majored in Home Economics and attended a two year Food Service Vocational course,  where she won two cake decorating trophies and was chosen as "Student of the Year" both years. She has an Associates degree in Hospitality Management from GCC, and a Certificate in Culinary Arts from REOC.

Brenda is mainly self-taught in the areas of Baking and Pastry arts, but hopes to attend a Culinary Arts school in the near future for further learning of her craft.

Brenda has always loved cooking and finds great joy in bringing smiles to people's faces through desserts. She will continue to strive to come up with new creative ideas for delicious desserts that will bring those smiles

Jill Conine

I have grown up in the restaurant business quite literally. My parents have owned a successful restaurant for over 45 years and now it is being carried on by the next generation. I was trained by my mother and father and have worked in  different restaurants throughout my career but I always seem to come home.

Daniel & Elizabeth Hoover

Daniel and Elizabeth Hoover, owners and operators of Spotted Duck Creamery, both grew up with a background in organic farming and a passion for food. In 2010, they opened a local/organic grocery where they started experimenting with frozen custards. Very quickly, the frozen custard became more popular with their customers than the other shop items, so the Spotted Duck Creamery was hatched. Now, with their full attention dedicated to artisanal frozen treats, they create eclectic flavor combinations using their farm's duck eggs and inspired by the region's orchards, gardens and craft beverage makers. 

Shannon Speranza

Shannon Speranza was introduced to the restaurant business by her grandfather and father at an early age. The energy of the restaurant staff and environment instilled her passion for the industry. 
Shannon began her professional career working at Burgundy Basin. She went on to work for Marriott Food Services at Wellesley College in Boston, MA. Shannon returned to Rochester, NY where she worked at Kodak managing a team of chefs who provided fresh cook-to-order meals.  Shannon then became a food broker selling products and training chefs on products from companies including Pillsbury, Tyson, Smuckers and Ore-Ida.
Shannon loves her current position teaching Culinary Arts at Eastern Monroe Career Center (EMCC) at Monroe One BOCES. For the past 18 years, she has had fortunate opportunity to work with young adults and share her culinary passion on a daily basis. She finds that the most rewarding part of her job is seeing students’ successes in the culinary industry after they have graduated from EMCC.