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Dozens of chefs have worked for Bill Fuller, before going on to running kitchens of their own. The Fuller family tree has many, many branches. 

!! Denotes chefs who are important to the development of Pittsburgh restaurants or otherwise notable.
* Denotes significant service at multiple big B restaurants

Kaya

Executive Chefs

  • Gary Terner
     
  • Marla Beaman
  • Tim O’Neil
     
  • Mike Hendricks (GM South Hills Whole Foods)
     
  • * Eric “Spudz” Wallace (Monterey Bay Fish Grotto)
     
  • !!* Kevin Sousa (soon: Superior Motors • past: Salt of the Earth, Union Pig and Chicken Harvard & Highland)
     
  • * Brandy Stewart (private chef)
     
  • * Danielle Cain (big Burrito catering)
     
  • !! Sean Ehland (current: Marla Bakery Restaurant, San Francisco • past: pastry chef at Aster (San Francisco) & McCrady’s (Charleston) 
     
  • Jason Watts (Sienna on the Square)
     
  • Ben Sloan
     

Notable Chefs

  • Jamie Achmoody 
     
  • Tim Ehlman (sous chef, Aster, San Francisco)

     
Casbah

Executive Chefs

  • Heith Miles
     
  • Matt Millea
  • Lon Durbin
     
  • * Eric “Spudz” Wallace
     
  • Vincent Smith
     
  • Alan Peet (Oakmont Country Club)
     
  • !!* Derek Stevens (current: Union Standard) 
     
  • *Eli Wahl (now: Eleven)
     
  • *Dustin Gardner 
     

Notable Chefs

  • !! Henry B. Dewey (Penn Avenue Fish Company)
     
  • !! Quintin Wicks (Revival Kitchen, Reedsville)
     
  • !!* Justin Severino (Cure, Morcilla)
     
  • $ Dan Carlton (Butcher and the Rye)
     
  • Valentina Vavasis (former dining critic, Pittsburgh Magazine)
     
  • !! Chris Bonfili (Avenue B)
     
  • Andy Schaumann
  • David Thoms
  • * Danielle Cain
     
  • Jim Stein (McCrady’s, Charleston)
     
  • Brian Little
     
  • Shelby Ortz (Lux Artisan Chocolate)
     
Soba

Executive Chefs

  • !!* Henry B. Dewey (Penn Avenue Fish Company)
     
  • Michael Kiziak
  • Drew Lise (later: Hyeholde)
     
  • Mike Hendricks
     
  • !! Anthony Falcon (Gaucho Parrilla Argentina)
     
  • Jamie Achmoody
  • !!* Kevin Sousa (see Kaya)
     
  • *Brandy Stewart
     
  • *Danielle Cain 
     
  • *Dustin Gardner
     
  • Lily Tran
     

Notable Chefs

  • Jeff Iovino (Cafe Io)
     
  • !!* Melanie Krawiec (sous chef Union Standard)
     
Umi

Executive Chefs

  • Mr. Shu
     
Mad Mex
  • Matt Glick
     
  • !! Keith Fuller worked one day at Mad Mex Monroeville so that he could say he worked for big Burrito
     
Eleven

Executive Chefs

  • Greg Alauzen
  • !! Derek Stevens (Union Standard)
     
  • *Eli Wahl
     

Notable Chefs

  • Len Paisano (NOLA (deceased))
     
  • !! Chad Townsend (current: Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream • past: Salt of the Earth)
     
  • !! Bethany Zozula (Whitfield at Ace Hotel)
     
  • !!* Justin Severino (see: Casbah)
     
  • !! Nate Hobart (current: Morcilla • past: Cure)
     
  • !!* Melanie Krawiec
  • Barbara Ferguson
     
  • Tom Lonardo (Legume chef de cuisine)
     
  • Glen Hoover 
     
  • Geof Comings (Five Points Artisan Bakeshop)
     
  • !! Fabien Moreau (La Gourmandine)
     
  • Cory Hughes (Google)
     
New Branches

JUSTIN SEVERINO

Nate Hobart → current chefs at Cure & Morcilla​

KEVIN SOUSA

Chad Townsend → Salt / Millie's staff Brandon Fisher, Adam To and others; Brian Little

DEREK STEVENS

Bethany Zozula → her Whitfield staff; Melanie Krawiec → Union Standard Staff

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