Leonard Gentieu, a first time author, professional chef, restaurateur, entrepreneur and teacher with decades of experience, has a professional record both varied and deep.
After graduating from Brown Tech Vocational High School in Wilmington, Delaware, he attended and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America (the other C.I.A.) in 1968. Upon graduation from the C.I.A., he was inducted into the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam War where he went on to cook for two Lieutenant Generals commanding I Corps at its headquarters in the Republic of Korea.
After an honorable discharge from the Army and a short tenure at the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware as First Cook, he moved to Taft, California to teach food services for the school district’s R.O.P. Program. After three years of teaching, he embarked on opening a series of restaurants over the next twenty years enjoying gross sales in excess of 1 million dollars per year for many of their years in operation. In 1975 he established a record listed in the 15th edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the world’s longest sandwich (464 feet).
He spent the ‘90s in a number of Executive Chef and management positions at restaurants, resorts and clubs throughout Central and Southern California.
In 2005 he got back into the entrepreneurial game and purchased the M/Y Papagallo II. Its purchase was the culmination of a boyhood dream beginning at age 10. The 72 foot classic Burger Motor Yacht, formerly owned by Ernie Gabiatti who founded Gallo Salami, was refitted to accommodate a successful charter dinner cruise business and has been serving locals and vacationers on the open water ever since. His upcoming book, “Chasing the Heat”, is a product of passion and perseverance covering a fruitful 50 years in the restaurant and food service industry. He is excited and looking forward to the contributions he will make to The Teak Rail.