Meet Our Top Chef

Damien Cavicchi is passionate about food, but despite his impressive resume including a five-year stint as the corporate executive chef at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, he is no food snob—not by a long shot. The Regional Director of Culinary Operations for The Blake Retirement Communities also has a passion for family and the traditions families share around the kitchen table.

A New Orleans native, Damien is one of four sons in a close-knit, but unique family. His mom who had come through the social upheaval of the 1960s retained a certain devotion to the “hippie health food” of that era. She packed school lunches with sandwiches made from sprouts and chickpeas. Damien’s Italian father, however, was a connoisseur of authentic Italian fare. And of course, in New Orleans there was the local Cajun Cuisine. A good crawfish po’boy still rates near the top of his to-die for favorites.

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