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Chef Council

Corporate Chef Brian Renz

Brian has been in the hospitality industry for over 25 years, working for major hotel chains, catering houses, and quaint delis. Prior to joining Taher’s team in 1999 as the Food Service Director/Chef at St. Paul Academy and Summit School in St. Paul, MN, Brian worked as an executive chef at Marshall Field’s “Marketplace” concept, D’Amico & Sons, Mintahoe Hospitality Group, Carlson Hospitality Group, and Marriott Group, among other well-respected organizations. He won the Silver Spoon Award from Restaurant Management in 1993 for an award-winning recipe. In 2000, Brian received the Outstanding New Food Service Director award from Taher.

As Taher’s Corporate Chef, Brian focuses on improving the quality of our school food service programs. In collaboration with our Food Service Directors and on-site staff, Brian standardizes recipes, creates new freshly-prepared menu items, protects the integrity of Taher’s comprehensive branded food court system, including On Display cooking, and assists with catered community and school events.

Brian continues to teach elementary and middle school children the basics of cooking at St. Paul Academy & Summit School, and Minneapolis and Eden Prairie Public Schools. He also is a member of the Research Chefs Association, a professional hospitality group.


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