Corporate Chefs Move Up at RATIONAL USA

Hard-working and dedicated mark a few characteristics of the chefs, says VP of Culinary Billy Buck.

Clockwise from top left: Joel Elliott, Daniel Lessem, Greg Mulligan, Brandon Harpster, James Haberstroh and DJ Malfitano.

RATIONAL USA has announced the following promotions:

  • Joel Elliott has been promoted to senior national corporate chef (key accounts). He joined RATIONAL in May 2004 and has served as regional sales manager, regional corporate chef and senior key accounts corporate chef.
  • Daniel Lessem has been promoted to director of education and strategic initiatives. He joined RATIONAL in August 2016 and has served as regional corporate chef and director of educational partnerships.
  • Greg Mulligan has been promoted to national corporate chef (iCombi). He joined RATIONAL in November 2009 and has served as regional sales manager and regional corporate chef.
  • James Haberstroh has been promoted to national corporate chef (iVario). He joined RATIONAL in May 2022 as regional corporate chef.
  • Brandon Harpster has been promoted to national corporate chef (training and events). He joined RATIONAL in April as regional corporate chef. He will assume full responsibility for design and oversight of culinary training programs.
  • DJ Malfitano has been promoted to regional corporate chef (effective Nov. 1). Malfitano has served as the regional sales manager for Illinois and Wisconsin.

All chefs will report to Billy Buck, vice president of culinary for RATIONAL, except Malfitano, who will report to Haberstroh. Buck says in the release, “We’re very proud to promote these RATIONAL chefs. All of them have shown such hard work and dedication, in a variety of contexts and in a variety of ways. This is the next step in the right direction for RATIONAL as an organization and our team will continue to support our sales and after-sales process, always aiming for maximum customer benefit.”



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