Chef Gailyn Gagliardi has over 20 years of international and domestic experience in the upscale food and beverage industry, 16 of those years have been at the director/ executive level of management. She is adept at developing and implementing creative menus. She encoupeses exceptional relationship skills. And she is excellent with all aspects of business operations, having a strong commitment to customer satisfaction, product quality and creative presentation of food.
Chef Gailyn Gagliardi has owned and operated three very successful Cafes/Restaurants/Catering businesses in the past. The Green Giraffe Coffeehouse and Cafe in Dover, DE and Gailyn's European Cafe in Athens, Georgia. Now she owns and manages Cafe Liardi Catering & Wedding Cakes in Burgaw, NC. She was honored as the Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 and her business Café Liardi placed second in Hospitality and Service among three counties. She is a Culinary Instructor and teaches a varity of culinary classes throughout the year. She also has a thriving Catering and Wedding Cake branch of her business. She also does filming for her future cooking shows and for the local TV networks WWAY and WECT.
Chef Gagliardi manages and oversees the Burgaw Incubator Kitchen. She was on the front lines to help obtain a grant to help small entrepuners develop their culinary products. She works closely with the collages, local farmers and small business administrations to help her tenants be successful. All of which allowed her to develop her exclusive creative presentations of fresh organic and local foods.
Chef Gagliardi's education focus has been organic cooking and nutrition which includes Restaurant/ Hotel Management, University of North Dakota, Restaurant/ Hotel Management, Brevard College, Melbourne, Florida. Culinary Art School, Wild Oats Headquarters, South Beach Miami, Florida as well as Culinary Art Classes Abroad, (in 10 countries/ 4 regions) France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Iceland, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Mexico, Bermuda. State side Culinary Classes include; Boston, South Beach Miami, Las Vegas and New Orleans.
Chef Gagliardi is an active person in the community. In the past she has volunteered for Food and Wine Shows, Benefit for Cancer, Athens, Georgia ;Chocolate Show, Benefit for Breast Cancer, Athens, Georgia; Edible Art Show, Leukemia Foundation, Melbourne, Florida; Feed The Children Program, International; Teen Missions, Mexico, French Alps and Jamaica and raising funds for the troops, just to name a few. She currently teaches Culinary Classes to help raise funds for those in need and volunteer’s time and proceeds toward Cancer Awareness and the Human Society. She is extremely involved with the Burgaw Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cape Fear Wedding Association. She is the founder of Chefs Fighting Cancer Foundation.
Chef Gagliardi has an amazing and accomplished team that works closely by her side to make sure everything is a success that she puts her heart and mind towards. She clearly knows, that without the dedication and trust of those around her she could not accomplish with great success all that she has.