Chef Margaret Occhipinti

Chef Margaret Occhipinti

Margaret Occhipinti’s love of food began very young. Growing up in an Italian family, life was centered around food. Big family dinners every Sunday—where the whole family shared a meal and talked about their days and lives.

From a young age, Margaret and her father spent weekends baking homemade breads, cakes, pies, and pastries. They were always looking for new and interesting recipes and ideas. Margaret continued that passion by working in restaurants since she was 11 years old. While many of her friends were babysitting, she was prepping vegetables, washing dishes, or bussing tables, doing anything to work in any kitchen she could.

The drive for culinary learning has taken Margaret to the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone to further educate herself on Mediterranean cuisines, vegetarianism, and health and nutrition. Chef Margaret has parlayed her real-life experiences into Restaurant Chef, Garde Manager Chef, and Banquet Chef in the hotel worlds of Stouffer, Wyndham, and Hyatt. Margaret has also catered many high-level events for CEOs and visiting dignitaries, including Vice President Al Gore. Margaret is currently the culinary development director in one of our LifeWorks accounts.