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TOO MANY COOKS IN THE CHEF VICTOR M. CABRIALES • ANTHONY’S STEAKHOUSE Chef Cabriales began his career at the age of 16, training in full-service hotels, hospitals, restaurants and country club kitchens. Cabriales joined the United Stated army as a Combat Medic and Air Defense Artillery. After his years of service, he studied at Culinary Schools but values his training under his father most. He has been the Executive Chef at Anthony’s since 2013. He enjoys creating traditional dishes with a modern flare. Chef Cabriales loves sharing his knowledge in training new chefs in Omaha. He is married to Sara and is passionate about his involvement with the Omaha Restaurant Association, Food Bank for the Heartland, Open Door Mission, Ted E. bear hollow and Visiting Nurse Association. 7220 F Street • 402-331-7575

CHEF DARIO SCHICKE • AVOLI OSTERIA Dario Schicke is the owner and chef of Avoli Osteria and Dario’s Brasserie. Dario grew up in Sarajevo, Bosnia, in a restaurant family. He met his wife Amy in Munich and they found their way to NYC where they bought a deli in Greenwich Village. That is where Dario found his passion for beer and desire to learn to cook. Dario graduated from the French Culinary Institute in NYC. After 9/11 they decided to sell the deli and move to Omaha. Dario worked at the French Café and the Market Basket before opening Dario’s Brasserie which celebrated its 10th year in business. Avoli Osteria has been open for 4 years. Both restaurants were voted “Best Restaurant in Omaha” by the Omaha World Herald. Dario was also a James Beard semifinalist for “Best Chef: Midwest”. 5013 Underwood Ave. • 402-933-7400

CHEF SHAWN PHIFER • DELLA COSTA Shawn Phifer made his way up the ranks in Chicago, Los Angeles and Omaha. His training began in Chicago with such chef luminaries as Jean Banchet, Roland Liccioni, Rick Bayliss and the late Charlie Trotter. His career took him to Los Angeles then Shawn returned to Omaha in 2001 to bring his culinary experience back home. He worked as Sous Chef at The French Café and Executive Chef at Vivace until opening his own catering company, dogSpot in 2004. Shawn has reunited with longtime friend, Ron Samuelson, and nephews Justin and Aaron Halbert to open Della Costa Mediterranean Grill in May. He couldn’t be more excited to bring the flavors of one of the most influential culinary regions to Omaha. 220 S 31st Ave • 402-614-5100

CHEF JENNIFER COCO • J.COCO Jennifer is a three-time James Beard nominee, and in the years since she has opened her own restaurant, j.coco has been named Best New Restaurant of 2012 and Jennifer was names in the Winners Circle of Best Chefs in Omaha. When asked where her inspirations lie, Jennifer will tell you that is comes in large part from the people she works with. She keeps her culinary style fresh by drawing on the experience and diversity of the people she works with in her kitchen. Experience and instinct are more important than any class you can take or book you can read. Prior to opening j.coco, Jennifer was Head Chef at V. Mertz and Flatiron Café. She was the Omaha Restaurant Association’s 2016 Restaurateur of the Year. 5203 Leavenworth Street • 402-884-2626

CHEF CEDRIC FICHEPAIN • LE VOLTAIRE | LE PETIT PARIS FRENCH BAKERY Le Voltaire opened in 2001. After more than 15 years in Omaha, “the little corner of France in West Omaha” has become one of the finest dining establishments in town. The restaurant features French classic cuisine in a romantic south-of France atmosphere. The menu covers all the regions in France, as well as numerous recipes of his grandmothers. The restaurant offers the most extensive French wine list in Nebraska. Le Voltaire received the Wine Spectator Award for its outstanding varieties of French wine ten years in a row. A beautiful private room with a direct view of the wine cellar opened in 2004. He and his wife opened Le Petit Paris French Bakery next to Le Voltaire in 2013 and a second location in Papillion in 2015. Also in 2015, Cedric was inducted into the Omaha Hospitality Hall of Fame. Le Voltaire: 569 N 155th Plaza • 402-934-9374 | Le Petit Paris French Bakery: 567 N 155th Plaza • 402-934-7676 & 120 Olson Drive • 402-934-0131




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