Founder and CEO

Upon first meeting him, it’s not hard to guess that it’s Giuseppe Ciuffa. It is unmistakable once you hear him begin to speak exuberantly of his love for food and family. Born in Ferrara, Italy, and raised in Cori, the young Ciuffa reveled in the evening meals with his family. “People did not go out then” he explains. “Life was centered around the next meal with family and friends.”

Culinary creativity partnered with professional drive, instilled by spending hours in the family kitchen watching his mother prepare meals, each dish made from the freshest ingredients from his family’s farm, Giuseppe set out to share his passion for cuisine and hospitality with others. From a pizzeria at age 14, to watching chefs preparing special events at a summer resort, studies at the Culinary Institute of Rome, to General Manager of the prestigious restaurant café the Antico Café San Marco, Trieste, Italy, Giuseppe used his inspiration to design a dream of sharing an exceptional food experience for all.

Giuseppe’s dream had no limits. Coupling determination with motivation, Giuseppe took language classes by day and by night he spent long hours in kitchens watching and learning from the chefs leaning red-faced over hot stoves to create their masterpieces, and from waiters rushing breathlessly to ensure every detail for their guests. All the ideas and elements to his dream began to take form.

g_onCAFride_lrOutgoing yet highly focused, seemingly carefree yet often seen biting his nails worrying over the placement of a table dressing or garnish on a plate, Giuseppe is both health conscious and food obsessed as only a native Italian could be. If it has to do with him, it must be the greatest, the most nutritious, the most delicious… and more. Ordinary is not enough. It must be extraordinary.

Giuseppe Ciuffa is a man of many strong passions—a die-hard triathlete, a popular spinning instructor, an avid surfer, husband, father and patron of the arts.

Giuseppe is an active member of the philanthropic community, personally supporting organizations such as Challenged Athletes Foundation through the Million Dollar Challenge ride and other triathlons. He is a board member of PEERS Network, a group of CEOs that focuses on local philanthropy and business growth.

Giuseppe Ciuffa