Chef Chistopher Covelli is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City where he was trained by world-renowned chefs including Andre Soltner, Jacques Pepin and Alain Saihac. His background, training and living experiences have enabled him to speak five languages and specialize in Classic French, Italian, Spanish, American Haute as well as Worldwide cuisines.
Chef Covelli’s cooking expertise earned him invitations as guest chef for seven James Beard Foundation Dinners. He was owner and chef of L’Uva Restaurant on Cape Cod, MA. Chef Covelli has earned five Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence among other numerous cooking awards.
Currently Chef Covelli is the Executive Chef for Sage Restaurant in Sarasota, FL. He also serves as senior chef instructor at Toscana Saporita Cooking School in Lucca, Italy. Chef Covelli serves on the Board of Directors for Florida Winefest & Auction / Caring for Children Charities. He has demonstrated products on national networks such as HSN and ShopNBC. He has been featured in numerous publications. Chef Covelli was the chef for the Baltimore Orioles at Spring Training for five years. For seven years he has been the guest chef at the Senior PGA for KitchenAid. Chef Covelli consulted on the restaurant Red Cedar and Sage in Seattle, WA. He has been seen on a number of TV shows around the country, including the Food Network shows, Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off and Beat Bobby Flay. Chef Covelli is also known for his live cooking demonstrations nationwide.
Chef Paul Mattison, executive chef and proprietor of Mattison’s, operates a successful culinary group on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Located in Sarasota, each Mattison’s restaurant location is unique to its neighborhood, offering Chef Paul Mattison’s signature menu items, outstanding service, and quality ingredients, while supporting the community, regional farmers, and culinary suppliers. Mattison’s Catering is a chef-owned and operated company procuring fresh, natural, and local ingredients. Catering In-house and off-site, Mattison’s Catering Company offers certified wedding and event planners, experienced professionals, and custom menus.
Also known for his community-based efforts, Chef Paul Mattison received several national service awards. He gives culinary classes and demonstrations for charity organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc., Sarasota County, and Selby Gardens. Chef Paul Mattison serves on the Advisory Board for Kaiser College and Sarasota County Technical Institute’s Culinary Arts Program, and Sarasota’s Downtown Farmers’ Market. He also serves on the Board of Director for All Faiths Food Bank and Florida Winefest & Auction. Giving back to the community is a priority for Chef Paul Mattison and his generosity is well known throughout the community.