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Meet Chef & Staff

Chef Richard Kalman

Chef Richard Kalman

Chef Richard Kalman leads the Aramark culinary team at the Tampa Convention Center.  Aramark is the exclusive provider for all food, beverage, and catering services both inside and outside the facility. Richard has 45 years of culinary experience and began his culinary career at The Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City working across all cuisines and catering. His first Executive Chef position was at Mt. Pocono Caesar’s Resorts and Starwood Hotels. He joined Ovations Food Services as the Executive Chef at the Millville Racetrack then PPL Park home of the Philadelphia Union. In addition to his venue, Richard focused on opening additional properties and training new staff.  Richard’s team focused on making everything fresh in not only the Clubs & Catering but also Concessions.  The team at PPL Park was awarded a silver spoon award. Richard and his team set the standard for catering menus and presentations throughout the company.

More recently, Chef Kalman has worked for Compass and Unidine to open and transition properties. Proudly known by colleagues as a scratch chef and someone who trains Executive Chefs, Richard enjoys all aspects of culinary arts and enjoys taking on new challenges as well as mastering traditional recipes.

Catering Menu

Linda Recke

Linda Recke

General Manager
Email:
Recke-linda@aramark.com
Phone: (813) 274-7816

Gina Johnson

Gina Johnson, CMP

Catering Sales Manager
Email:
galvagnijohnson-gina@aramark.com
Phone: (813) 274-7885


Updated: 09/20/2022