Former celebrity chef joins Garden-Fresh Foods

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Tom Sterle, Garden-Fresh Foods
Tom Sterle has fed The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Frank Sinatra..

MILWAUKEE — Tom Sterle has been named executive chef of Garden-Fresh Foods, a supplier of fresh deli salads, salad kits, dips and desserts. In his new role, Mr. Sterle will develop new flavor profiles and food products reflecting leading industry trends.

Mr. Sterle brings more than 30 years of culinary experience to the company, including his most recent position as chef and research and development director at Country Maid, Inc.

Tom Hughes, Garden-Fresh Foods
Tom Hughes, founder and chairman of Garden-Fresh Foods

“Chef Tom comes with an impressive and diverse culinary background with unique insights and experience in research and development,” said Tom Hughes, founder and chairman of Garden-Fresh Foods. “Chef Tom is at the forefront of flavor and market trends, which is an especially important skill to have in our industry. He is developing new clean label offerings, products catered to millennials and meal options reflecting regional tastes, just to name a few.”

Mr. Sterle has served as a chef for a number of touring celebrities, including The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra and President George W. Bush. He received an associate degree in culinary arts at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Garden-Fresh Foods grab-n-go cups
Garden-Fresh Foods is a supplier of fresh deli salads, salad kits, dips and desserts.

“We were looking for someone who not only would bring exceptional talent and experience to our team, but someone who could work well and collaborate with our customers and fit into the Garden-Fresh Foods culture,” Mr. Hughes said.

Family-owned and -operated since 1978, Garden-Fresh Foods develops branded and private label items for grocery, convenience stores, food service, deli and quick-service restaurants.
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