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
"I'm not exaggerating...one of the best meals I've had prepared at home!
I would always ask for him back. Wonderful! Thank you!"
~ Lisa Holtzhouse, Aspen, CO/Houston, TX
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"One of the best meals we have ever had! We had a private Valentine's dinner for 4 at our condo in Aspen and Chef Martin was sensational! Great food, and very entertaining. We will definitely use you again. Thanks again, Jimmy!"
~ Rick Garced, President, United States Sommelier Association, South Beach, Miami, Florida