I love what I do. I’m in other people’s kitchens every day, talking and learning about food. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Born and raised in New York, his father got him into the restaurant business. At the early age of 13 Willie’s first job was washing dishes at a supper club on long Island called Oliver’s Twist. Realizing that he loved the night life and eating good food he decided that this was what he wanted to do, to become a chef. In 1981 Willie graduated from Sullivan County Community College Hotel Technology program with honors. During his internship he accepted a job at the famous Garden City Hotel on Long Island. Where he worked with an amazing culinary team of Europeans. Classically trained, Willie worked his way up to chef de cuisine of the Polo Room restaurant in 2 short years. After visiting California with a friend he decided that’s where he would pursue his career. San Diego was the perfect place, so in 1984 he made the cross county trip.