Chef Daniel Lessem, MBA, CPFM

Chef Daniel currently works as Culinary Applications Chef, supporting the East Coast for RATIONAL Cooking Systems, the industry leader in Combi-Cooking Technology.  His dual role as Culinary Schools Liason for RATIONAL has him partnering with leading foodservice educators and institutions seeking to provide students with advanced cooking technology in the classroom.

Prior to his current post.  Daniel taught a variety of culinary, hospitality and foodservice operations courses for the prestigious Johnson & Wales University in Miami, FL and worked as a product & process development chef for Pollo Tropical, the Latin American/Caribbean healthier quick-service restaurant concept based in Miami, FL.

With strong passions for teaching, foodservice systems and natural resources, Daniel embarked on a quest to raise awareness around the availability of locally-grown products in South Florida and designed a business plan for a micro-distributorship to connect local farmers, foodservice establishments and chefs in the region.  The Miami Herald recognized this effort and the entity, Urban Forager, LLC. became a finalists in their annual Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge.

To raise capital for this venture, Daniel began a boutique foodservice chef-consulting practice serving small and mid-sized operators in South Florida and the Caribbean seeking improvements in  food-safety, workflow efficiency, quality and consistency.  His efforts have helped many small business owners gain the insights to establish successful enterprises.  These successes led Daniel to explore equipment-based solutions in the foodservice sector and he began contracting with several original equipment manufacturers providing chef services and learning about the role of technology in foodservice.  In his current role with RATIONAL, Daniel takes his talents full-circle supporting client operations and assisting schools bring state-of-the-art cooking into the classroom.