Maggie Gibbs

Maggie Gibbs

Central Restaraunt

Maggie has overall responsibility for developing, designing and executing the dessert menu at Central and creating wedding and special occasion cakes for events hosted at Central. Maggie is a magna cum laude graduate of Orlando Culinary Academy’s Le Cordon Bleu in Florida with a degree in Patisserie and Baking.

Chef Maggie has extensive catering experience including creating desserts for several political figures and events including such as the 2012 presidential inauguration. She was featured in American Cake Decorating Magazine March/April 2014 edition as a Rising Star in the Pastry Industry.

Maggie, an army brat, was born in the Republic of Panama. She has traveled all over the world from South Korea to Germany enjoying the culinary culture of each location. Chef Maggie loves to mix sweet and savory ingredients together when developing Central’s dessert menu and brings a panoramic view of food to her creations for Central.

Rachel Pol

Rachel Pol

Rachel Pol Pastry

Rachel Pol Policart, Pastry Chef; Chef-Owner of TOMATO in Panama; Hostess of the cooking show “Soy Rachel, Soy Foodie”.

Through the ‘Rachel Pol Firm’ she also caters the city’s most exclusive events, does consulting for hotels and restaurants, and was the Private Chef for the Presidential Plane, under the previous Panamanian administration.

Rachel has been a guest Chef and Speaker at the IACP conference in San Francisco, California. Pastry Master Class in Trujillo, Peru, Recurrent speaker in Panama Gastronomica Chefs Unplugged, De Norte a Sur in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Flavors of the Islands in St Thomas, and Women Chef Organization in New York, among others.

At present Rachel is making and branding her own chocolate from bean to bar, with Panamanian organic cacao beans, promoting fair trade for local growers. Her project will educate about the sustainable use of the land and create educational centers for children at these communities.

Curtis Cameron

Curtis Cameron

The Little Nell

Curtis Cameron joined The Little Nell in Aspen, Colo., as Executive Pastry Chef in late 2014, overseeing all desserts, breads and pastries for the Five Star, Five Diamond hotel’s restaurants, banquets and room service menus. Curtis’ culinary career began at age 17, apprenticing for a traditional Japanese chef then working in Japanese restaurants, including his own sushi bar and organic farm. He next enrolled at the California Culinary Academy Le Cordon Bleu to gain more classical techniques and, while in school, discovered a love for baking. He transferred to the Scottsdale Culinary Institute Le Cordon Bleu to study the pastry arts, working at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Over the next few years, he honed his pastry skills at Five Star, Five Diamond resorts including The Arizona Biltmore and Stein Eriksen Lodge before accepting the position at The Little Nell. He describes his culinary style as “simplistic and natural.”

Benjamin Kallenbach

Benjamin Kallenbach

Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

With more than 13 years of global culinary experience, Chef Ben Kallenbach brings an extensive culinary skillset and fresh talent to the role of executive pastry chef at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel in Charlotte, NC. He oversees the hotel’s pastry team and creation of all desserts, including the dessert menus and artisan breads served at Gallery Restaurant.

Prior to joining The Ballantyne, Chef Ben spent many years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Most recently, he was executive pastry chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. In addition, he worked in pastry at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain and at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation in Georgia.

Originally from Fulton, Illinois, Chef Ben discovered his passion for pastry and bakery arts while attending Kendall College in Chicago. Throughout his career, Chef Ben has studied with some of the world’s best pastry chefs.