Jeff Cali

Years of Participation

2015, 2018, 2020-2023

Chef Jeff Cali’s best childhood memories were of Sunday family dinners. Coming from an Italian-American family, he has always had an appreciation for food. This appreciation turned into a passion when Cali began working at the NHL Hockey Arena in Tampa, FL, Chef’s hometown. Working as a line cook to pay for school, Cali found himself an outlet for his creativity. After earning a degree in Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management from Hillsborough Community College, he held positions at Amelie Arena in Tampa and Longboat Key Club & Resort and Sands Pointe in Sarasota. In May of 2011, Cali made his way to the Lowcountry and was named the Executive Sous Chef of Wild Dunes Resort, overseeing the banquet program and 9 additional food outlets. In 2013, Cali ventured into the downtown culinary scene where he led the kitchen at CO Banh Mi & Noodle Bar and Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen. Chef Cali eventually made his way to Kiawah Island Golf Resort and is currently the Executive Chef of Villa Banquets.