Chef Lee Blakley Announces the Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival Culinary Team

Executive Chef Lee Blakley Announces the selection of her Culinary Team for the 3rd Annual Boca Raton Wine and Food Festival, Friday, November 9- Sunday, November 11, 2012.
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Sept. 20, 2012 - PRLog -- The Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival Second Year Veteran and current Executive Chef, Lee Blakley announced today the implementation of her Culinary Team. The 3rd Annual festival will tap the talents of top chefs from across the country, Chef Juan Montalvo, Chef Wes Bonner, Chef Lenore Nolan-Ryan and Chef David Stample; creating an extraordinary culinary collaboration. “Blakley’s level of perfectionism is once again, both welcomed and celebrated as she joins the festival team for a second year,” enthuses Robert Stanfield, event founder and CEO. Alongside Executive Chef Blakley the team will manage each culinary aspect of this three day, multi-sensory festival; from the gourmet five-course meal served at Dinner Under the Stars to each station at the transporting Vineyard Party, to every hand crafted item at Perfect Pairings, to the gastronomic journey of the Grand Tasting and the array of stations at the chic, European influenced Jazz Bubbles & Brunch.

Chef Juan Montalvo joins the Culinary Team from the fitting South Florida and is this year’s Assistant Executive Chef. After graduating Manga Cum Laude from The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Chef Montalvo went to to further his education with the American Personal & Private Chef Association (APPCA). With a passion for nutrition and healthy homemade food, Chef Montalvo began The Hungry Cuban, a personal chef service providing exceptional nutritious foods to a vast selection of clients on a daily and entertaining basis. “The skills of a personal chef are crucial to creating a festival as unique as the Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival,” mentions Chef Blakley, "I'm happy thrilled to have Juan by my side as my assistant Executive Chef!"

With over nine years of experience in restaurants and hotels such as the Ritz Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and the Four Seasons, Chef Wes Bonner is more than qualified when it comes to flawless execution. In 2009, Chef Bonner decided to pursue his love for teaching and combined this with his work with the Publix Apron’s program. “He has a strong and contagious desire for others to enjoy what they are doing in the kitchen, a key asset with the high demand of such a large festival,” states Chef Blakley

Next in the Culinary Team line up is another native South Floridian, Chef Lenore Nolan-Ryan. After twenty years in San Francisco owning and operating an award-winning restaurant, catering company and retail gourmet market, Chef Nolan-Ryan returned to South Florida, to charming Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. She opened another catering business and cooking school, now known as one of the region’s most acclaimed caterers. "Her unique and personalized take on cooking and presentation, brings a fresh approach to the festival, assisting the team in creating an exclusive experience for all guests,” notes Chef Blakley.

Rounding out the exceptional Culinary Team is New York City born and raised, Chef David Stample. A passion for the fast paced life in the culinary industry has taken Chef Stample on an exciting journey, with opportunities and experiences working with Chef Bobby Flay, Chef Michael Moran and many other Food Network stars. Chef Blakley recognizes that, “His work at The Atlanta, The South Beach and The New York City Wine and Food Festivals and Boca Burger Battle give Chef Stample the experience and edge needed to work such an grand culinary event.”

“The 3rd Annual Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival is ready to exceed the high expectations of South Florida festival goers with Chef Blakley and her Culinary Team’s work,” states Stanfield.

The Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival, presented by PNC Bank, Isle Casino and Pero Family Farms takes place Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 11, 2012. To purchase tickets and for more information call 561.338.7594 or visit Join the conversation on Facebook at and Twitter at

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