Rick Garced

GarcedThe highly respected Rick Garced is a well-known wine master, restaurateur, writer and wine consultant based in Miami, Florida and Europe. He has been instrumental in the development of award winning wine and service operations programs for American and global companies in hospitality such as Windows on the World as Maître d'Hôtel for “The Ballroom & the Hudson River Suites”, Wine Consultant to Celebrity Cruises, Apollo Ship Chandlers, Inc, Silversea Cruises and wine editor and columnist for Dining Out Magazine.

He is the Founding President & CEO of the United States Sommelier Association, Inc. a non-profit 501 (c)6 educational and professional organization that has operated the US Sommelier Association Wine School at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Miami and at Johnson & Wales University, Florida Campus since 1998.

Educated at leading institutions such as Brookdale College, New Jersey; The Foundation Institute of the National Restaurant Association, Chicago and it’s affiliate Purdue University School of Hospitality, Indiana; Sterling Vineyards School of Service and Hospitality, Napa Valley, University of Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, Miami-Dade College and University of Miami; he has been bestowed recognition awards such as the Distinguishing Visiting Sommelier Award from Johnson & Wales University and Commandeur d'Honneur de la Commanderie du Bontemps, Médoc et Graves, Sauternes et Barsac, Bordeaux, France among many others.

His interests include being an avid golfer, tennis player and gourmet chef.

Bravo Fine Catering was founded by Aspen’s long time celebrity chef, Jimmy Nadell. Chef Nadell takes tremendous pride in providing excellence in culinary arts serving the Roaring Fork Valley since 1986. Bravo’s proficient and highly talented team of celebrated chefs and party coordinators will ensure that each event is uniquely arranged with our signature presentations. From carved ice oyster bars to LED light-illuminated sushi towers with live swimming fish to flaming desserts, each event orchestrated by Chef Nadell is an extraordinary culinary experience.

Chef Nadell is the founder and CEO of the United States Chef Association, an educational chef membership association offering chefs several levels of accredited certifications.

Chef Nadell has recruited the finest accomplished chefs from throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, which are assigned to hundreds of Aspen families annually. Chef Nadell is a two time Gold Medal award recipient for his life long dedication to international gastronomy. 

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Chef Jimmy Nadell
Bravo Fine Catering, President & CEO
"As a retired American Airlines Sales and Marketing Manager, I had the opportunity to travel the world and experience fine dining. One of my many responsibilities was to entertain corporate executives in order to showcase what American Airlines could offer to them in the way of group travel for their incentive programs. I did this by forming a partnership with hotels and destination management companies. American Airlines would provide the airline seats. The hotels and destination management companies provided lodging, entertainment and meals. Frequently we would be provided with a private dining room, a meal prepared by executive chefs and served with white glove service. Having provided you with my back ground, you will understand that when I offer a recommendation for Chef Martin Koenig, it comes from someone that has experience fine dining in world class restaurants and private dining rooms by well qualified chefs. On two separate occasions I have had Chef Martin prepare meals for me in my home for friends and family. He is very creative with menu ideas while being sensitive to our dietary requirements. He is very efficient and works within the confines of my non professional kitchen. The food is always excellent and prepared to perfection. The presentations are visually pleasing, the service is beyond reproach and all of this comes with a chef with a wonderful personality."
~ Mary Heins, Punta Gorda, FL
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