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Our unique sales and customer service philosophy consist of three highly specialized teams. Each one focuses on a specific market segment rather than on geographic territory. Team Directors, Account Managers and Customer Service Representatives work together to maximize service and overall customer satisfaction.

ChefCentral Value Proposition

ChefCentral is committed to deliver the highest quality products at fair prices. An extensive line of specialty produce and exotic foods paired with flexible and personalized service, gives us the ability to become an integral part of your successful operation. Chef Central provides today's chef with the key ingredients to create tomorrow's culinary trends, profitably.

We view ChefCentral as an extension of farmers and manufacturers bringing you a wealth of knowledge, new ideas and product information. In addition, we strongly support local farmers and the utilization of sustainable and organic farming methods.

We offer a wide variety of in-house fresh-cut produce items that will help reduce your fruit and vegetable preparation costs while adding value and customization to your menu. Our onsite research and development kitchen is available for chefs to test products and has proven to be great resource in creating innovative and cost effective menu items.

Our service and operational systems are designed with the chef in mind. Convenient and flexible ordering is available via phone, fax, e-mail or internet. Strong lines of communication and personalized service ensure that you have the information and resources needed to make the best buying decisions.

With over 115 years of collective experience, it is our endeavor to create the culinary trends of the future with you.

Meet The ChefCentral Team

Dave Lamb - Sales Operations Director

Dave has been with Costa since 1971, serving as Selector, Night Manager, Day Manager, Operations Manager, and Transportation Manager. Moving to the Sales Department in 1984, he became Sales Manager then Director of Sales for Team Fresh handling Chain Restaurants, Hotels, College & Universities, B&I Accounts, as well as the Cruise Ship trade until his appointment to head the
Chef Central team in January.

Chuck Leonardo - Account Manager and Corporate Chef

Chuck joins Costa after serving many years as a Boston-area Chef, Foodservice Director and recently, five years in the meat industry. Chuck is a long-standing member of the American Culinary Federation, Past President and Chef of the Year for the Epicurean Club of Boston and a member of the Les Amis dí Escoffier Society.

Tara Carter - Chef Central Team Manager

Tara joined the ChefCentral team in April of 2006. She brings several years of culinary experience to chef central and is responsible for all customer service and daily operations within the team.

Karl Ronhave - Distributor Sales Representative

Karl has joined the Chef Central Team as a Distributor Sales Representative for Chef Central's New Hampshire seacoast and Maine territories. Karl joins Costa after serving many years in the food industry. His work history includes, General Manager and Executive Chef.

Rick Gordon - Distributor Sales Representative

Rick brings, over fifteen years of outside sales experience to Chef Central. Rick's work history includes, Director of Key Accounts, National Sales Manager and Director of Purchasing.

Yolanda Hernandez - Customer Service Representative

Yolanda brings over four years of culinary experience to Chef Central and is responsible for customer service and daily operations within the Chef Central Team.

Lynne Cushing - Inside Sales Representative

Lynne has many years experience within the food industry, where she was previously employed as a Marketing and Sales Representative. She will be responsible for customer service and daily operations within the team.

Costa Fruit & Produce - 18 Bunker Hill Industrial Park - Boston, MA 02129
Phone: (617) 241-8007 Fax: (617) 241-8718
For Correspondence: P.O. Box 290574 Boston, MA 02129