OUR CULINARY TEAM

 

MEET THE CHEFS

Alto-Shaam chefs are the go-to for menu development and product education. They support customers through on-site consultations and hands-on demonstrations at tradeshows and events.



Brett Freifeld

Corporate Executive Chef

Chef Brett has 20+ years of experience in the foodservice industry.  Within that period, Chef Brett was involved in roles that included research and design, consulting, management, and food and beverage program development for a variety of companies and restaurants including Kroger Corporation and Hard Rock Café International.

Prior to Alto-Shaam, Chef Brett held a position as corporate executive chef/sales with Bauer Marketing and Sales, where he created demos for clients, participated in tradeshows and worked with customers on creating new menu items.  Chef Brett graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science then went onto receiving his culinary training from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.  

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Kristina Bladecki

Corporate Chef

Chef Kristina worked in the healthcare foodservice industry prior to joining Alto-Shaam.
She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a student-athlete.  Two years into working in the office at Alto-Shaam, Chef Kristina decided to further her education and go back to school where she received her Culinary Management degree at Waukesha County Technical College.

Chef Kristina continued to work in the foodservice industry throughout restaurants and country club dining before coming back to Alto-Shaam to work as a sous chef on the Alto-Shaam culinary team.  Within a few years working on the business side of foodservice, Chef Kristina made her way to Corporate Chef.  Kristina is a third-generation Alto-Shaam employee.  Her grandfather, Jerry Maahs, founded Alto-Shaam after inventing Halo Heat Holding & Cook & Hold Technology.

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Gerard Strong

Corporate Chef

With more than 18 years of experience in the culinary industry, Gerard has worked in leading positions for various foodservice operations, including professional kitchens, restaurants, and retail establishments. Prior to joining Alto-Shaam, he was the general manager and executive chef at Belfre Kitchen in Delafield, WI, where he oversaw all daily operations of the restaurant and developed a workplace culture and systems that enabled the restaurant to run efficiently and financially sound.

Gerard serves at Alto-Shaam as an application specialist. His responsibilities include enhancing the Alto-Shaam customer experience through voice-of-the-customer initiatives, as well as executing menu consultations and culinary demonstrations. Through these efforts, Gerard supports global sales, product development and marketing.

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Paris Dreibelbis

Corporate Chef

Bringing more than 10 years of culinary experience, Chef Paris has worked as a chef at a variety of restaurants and foodservice operations. As owner of a local Milwaukee pizza restaurant, Brute Sourdough Pizza, Chef Paris has hands-on experience with the day-to-day challenges and opportunities that foodservice operators face. In 2018, he was named among the six finalists in the Ment’or Young Chef Competition – renowned for recognizing culinary excellence. 

At Alto-Shaam, Chef Paris serves as a culinary application specialist, providing leading product training and customer support throughout the U.S., demonstrating the capabilities of Alto-Shaam’s complete kitchen equipment solutions. He is also responsible for further enhancing the customer experience through new product development and on-site consultations.

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Brett Freifeld

Corporate Executive Chef Chef Brett has 20+ years of experience in the foodservice industry.  Within that period, Chef Brett was involved in roles that included research and design, consulting, management, and food and beverage program development for a variety of companies and restaurants including Kroger Corporation and Hard Rock Café International. Prior to Alto-Shaam, Chef Brett held a position as corporate executive chef/sales with Bauer Marketing and Sales, where he created demos for clients, participated in tradeshows and worked with customers on creating new menu items.  Chef Brett graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science then went onto receiving his culinary training from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.  

Brett Freifeld

Corporate Executive Chef Chef Brett has 20+ years of experience in the foodservice industry.  Within that period, Chef Brett was involved in roles that included research and design, consulting, management, and food and beverage program development for a variety of companies and restaurants including Kroger Corporation and Hard Rock Café International. Prior to Alto-Shaam, Chef Brett held a position as corporate executive chef/sales with Bauer Marketing and Sales, where he created demos for clients, participated in tradeshows and worked with customers on creating new menu items.  Chef Brett graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science then went onto receiving his culinary training from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.  

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