Andrew's aspirations to work in the food industry began at an early age. While growing up, he was fortunate to travel with his mother’s meeting and event planning company where he was exposed to a diverse array of cuisines and food operations. Andrew toured a culinary school at the age of 10 and landed his first kitchen job at 14 flipping burgers at Kopps.
During high school Andrew took a job at a local sushi restaurant where he worked on perfecting his knife skills and learning Japanese cuisine. Eager to start his professional career after high school graduation, Andrew moved from Brookfield, Wisconsin to Chicago, Illinois. He enrolled in the Le Cordon Bleu program at The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago while working full-time at the Aria restaurant in the Fairmont hotel.
In 2007, Andrew moved back to Milwaukee to work at Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro where he was quickly trained on every station in the kitchen. However, his desire to travel soon beckoned him to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was immediately hired to work at Alan Wong’s Restaurant on the island of Oahu. He spent nearly 5 years in Hawaii exploring an uncharted variety of ethnic food styles and (of course) enjoyed life under the sun.
In 2013, Andrew decided it was time to move back to his roots in Wisconsin. He returned to the Bartolotta restaurants as Sous Chef at Harbor House. He then transferred to Joey Gerard’s – Mequon as a Sous Chef, and was quickly promoted to Chef de Cuisine. In 2016, Andrew moved to The Rumpus Room as Executive Chef where he honed his craft by pairing his culinary offerings with the extensive craft beer, whiskies and cocktails of the gastropub.
In 2020 when COVID-19 forced restaurants to close the doors to indoor dining, Andrew saw the desire that families had to bring the restaurant experience to the safety of their homes. This led him to start A to Z Dinners.
Andrew currently lives in Waukesha with his wife Kristine and his daughter Aubrey. When he isn’t cooking, Andrew loves to travel, ski, golf, ride his bike, and relax at the lake.