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Diane Bukatman

Diane Bukatman

President, Owner at For The Love Of Food - Evergreen, Colorado

location_on Greater Denver Area

Executive Chef, Owner at FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD, LLC

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Level: LEVEL 02 (12mo pts: 20 pts)

Lifetime points: 44 pts View details

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Profile

Summary

Chef | Culinary Training I Recipe & Menu Development I Food Writing

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Highly regarded and innovative Chef with a diverse culinary background, bringing to your kitchen extensive training, management and food production experience.

* Experience in creative menu development, including gluten and dairy free, and other dietary restrictions
* Strong technical culinary and pastry skills, including ethnic cuisines, bread-baking, high-end pastries and desserts
* ServSafe Manager Certified
* Passionate and highly knowledgeable about all aspects of food, presentation and culinary trends
* Excellent organizational, management and event planning skills; able to prioritize and work under tight deadlines
* Strong hands-on experience training staff, and relationship building,
* Ability to creatively and effectively problem solve and simultaneously manage multiple projects
* Strong grasp of Food and Labor cost controls
* Quickly adapts to new and undefined situations
* Persuasive, goal focused team player, exhibiting perpetually positive attitude, outgoing personality & winning drive
* Outstanding verbal and written communication skills; extensively published culinary writer and regular food columnist
* Culinary Institute of America graduate with a Master's degree in English

To brainstorm and collaborate with a 30-year experience Seasoned Chef, call me now at (303) 317.7399.

Experience

Executive Chef, Owner

FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD, LLC

September 2000 - Present

Founded and developed successful recreational cooking school and catering company; Created and taught all curricula, including a variety of Mediterranean, European and Asian classes; Ethnic Wine and Beer Dinners, and a broad range of popular and trend timely cooking and baking/pastry classes in small, interactive, hands-on groups. Profitably sold school in 2015 for $250K.
* Conceived and facilitated five distinct Team Building and Problem Solving formats for Fortune 500 clients including McCormick Spices, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Ghirardelli Chocolates, McCain Foods, JWMarriott, SouthWest Airlines, Boston Beer Company and more
* Sold $300K Team Building events, Catering, and Cooking Classes annually for 15 years
* Responsible for all purchasing and inventory; maintained a 19% food cost, and 18% labor cost
* Established “Kids Cook!” a summer and after-school cooking program for children ages 8-to-16, still existent
* Generated consistent 64% Profit Margin, controlling food costs at 14% and minimizing other business expenses
* Trained, developed and supervised staff of 12 to accomplish the objectives of each catering event & cooking class
* Successfully recruited and built relationships with top area chefs to teach cooking classes
* Wrote bi-weekly food articles which appeared in Baltimore Sun for 6 years

Consulting and Outside Lecturing Activities:
* Consulted for McCormick Spices, Kroger Foods, and Boston Beer on Recipe Development
* Guest Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University Graduate School, Baltimore, Maryland, 2009, 2010 & 2011
* Host and guest segments on PBS’s Your Money & Business; Maryland Living; hosted pilots for cooking shows on ESPN and Nickelodeon; multiple appearances on local news
* Featured in numerous articles in the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Examiner, Baltimore’s Child, & Jewish Times

Skills

Food 2
Chef 2
Menu Development
Team Building
Food Service
Food & Beverage
Cooking
Recipes
Hospitality
Catering
Culinary Skills
Culinary Education
Curriculum Development
Food Writing
Staff Development
Entrepreneurship
Teaching Classes
Event Planning
Event Management
Cuisine
Bakery
Pastry
Chocolate
Gourmet
Hotels
Cakes
Wine
Baking
Fine Dining
Restaurant Management
Food Safety
Dinners
Banquets

Industries

Food & Beverage

Activities