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Chefs Brigade Administration and Management

Board of DIrectors

Troy Gilbert
President & Executive Director

Founder and chief instigator of Chef’s Brigade, Troy once led a quiet life near the New Orleans Lakefront. A maritime journalist and author of four regional cookbooks as well as his now postponed maritime history of the Gulf Coast manuscript that is due in July, he’s now dedicated to Chef’s Brigade and building out the brigade system. He has served on the board of directors of two non-profits, including as the vice president of the Friends of West End.

Robert Peyton
Board of Directors

Robert is a life-long resident of New Orleans, having graduated from Rhodes College in 1991 and the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU in 1994. In addition to his legal practice, Robert has been a food writer since 2000, initially as a blogger, and more recently as the Restaurant Reporter for New Orleans Magazine. Not long thereafter he started writing Haute Plates, a weekly food column on myneworleans.com.

Joe Riccobono
Board of Directors

Joe Riccobono is a fourth-generation local restaurateur. Upon graduating from Tulane University he spent a decade in consulting before returning to New Orleans and the family business. He is the owner of Sala NOLA, newest of the Riccobono family of restaurants including Peppermill, Cafe Navarre, and Riccobono's Panola Street Cafe. Along with his role in Chefs Brigade New Orleans, Joe is also a board member of the Metairie Business Development District.

Gary Netter
Board of Directors
Chef Gary Netter is the culinary proprietor of Next To Eat Food Services and has been appointed Culinary Ambassador for the city of New Orleans by Mayor LaToya Cantrell to promote cultural diversity, equity, inclusion, health & wellness. His goal is to empower existing businesses, create new business opportunities for the disenfranchise, food manufacturing, food insecurities, and build innovative instructional spaces for teaching and learning.
Melanie Talia
Secretary

Melanie A. Talia is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation. She directs the Foundation in its ongoing role as a principal fiduciary agent, negotiator and advisor to all members of the criminal justice system in Orleans Parish. Prior to joining the NOPJF, Melanie was an Assistant District Attorney in Orleans Parish for 17 years where she prosecuted capital cases and other violent crimes.

Cliff Kenwood
Treasurer

Clifford Kenwood is a native New Orleanian who loves the city, its food, and its cultural heritage. He is the founder of AMCREF Community Capital, an impact-driven specialty finance firm supporting innovative businesses that create quality jobs, environmental benefits, and economic opportunities in their communities.

Jeff Barach
Board of Directors

Jeffrey A. Barach, Jr. is Senior Regional Sales Director for Becton Dickinson. He has an MBA from the University of Texas and undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. He resides in Mandeville, LA and grew up in New Orleans. After Katrina, he founded  the Renew NOLA foundation to support local charities. He has a deep affection for New Orleans and all the things that make it one of the world's sacred cities.

Darnell Head
Board of Directors

Darnell thrives on two words: efficiency and effectiveness. He is passionate about supporting the vision of driven leaders, executing across project plans and developing systems to ensure goal attainment. Darnell currently serves as the General Manager of Goalsetter, a fin-tech company designed to bring financial education and smart spending, saving & investing to families and students across the country.

Kelly Longwell
Board of Directors

Kelly is a Director in the New Orleans office of Coats Rose, where she concentrates in the areas of real estate, affordable housing and taxation. She has represented developers and investors in a wide variety of projects including hotels, apartment complexes, office buildings, residential condominiums and retail commercial space. Kelly has been selected for inclusion to the Best Lawyers in America list for the years 2005-2022 (Woodward White, Inc.) for Real Estate Law.

Chefs Brigade Administration and Management

Lindsay Allday

Chef April Bellow

Captain Richie Blink

Dr. Clint Coleman

Darnell Head

Chef Dana Honn

Danielle Lee

Kelly Longwell

Kevin McCaffrey

Barrie Schwartz

Jacques Soulas