Otto G. Borsich II has been working in kitchens since a teenager growing up in Ohio. Enlisting in the Navy he cooked on the USS Patrick Henry, a nuclear submarine. His formal training was through an apprenticeship at the Pierre Hotel in NYC. While in New York he was the personal chef to Leona Helmsley. His impressive career includes, Le Bernadin, Charlie Trotters, the Bellagio, the Atlantis and Mardan Palace in Turkey. He also served as a Chef Instructor at the Culinary Institute of America. He was the Executive Chef of Central Market, a luxurious gourmet store in Texas.
He was the catalyst behind Childhood Hunger Day in Washington, DC. Organizing chefs from across America who converged on Capitol Hill for a 3-day symposium on #hunger and #poverty legislation with members of the U.S. House and Senate. He was awarded a presidential medallion from the American Culinary Federation for his involvement with hunger issues. His telegenic persona and skill set landed him as a contestant on Top Chef and Supermarket Stakeout.
Possessing a Servants Heart, he is involved in prison ministry providing hope to the forgotten. A self-professed Culinary Missionary. Travel, adventure, and spreading the gospel of food are the core of his spirit. Having trekked to 30 countries on 5 continents, often feeding the neediest of the needy, his personal goal is to visit 100 countries before departing to the definitive destination.
His memoir cookbook, A Chef is Born achieved best seller status and received a reader's choice Christian Literary Award in the testimonial category. A Chef is Born is an inspirational coming of age tale during the sixties and seventies in the Heartland. He delivered a TEDx Talk, Be Present, Be Persistent, and Use Your Gift, viewable on YouTube.
With a have knives will travel attitude, he has cooked for presidents, star athletes, rock stars, and movie stars. Yet, his biggest career thrill remains catering his 25th high school reunion.
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