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Chef Ralph began his professional culinary career in 1995 at a hotel in northern Iowa. Upon graduation from the Kirkwood Community College culinary program in 2000, Chef worked in Fort Collins, Colorado and went on to hold an executive chef position at Givannis Italian Café in Iowa City. In 2005, Chef relocated to Berkeley, California, and worked as sous chef at a three-star seafood restaurant called Sea Salt, before working under Chef Duskie Estes at Zazu Restaurant in Sonoma County, California.

Chef returned to Iowa City with his family in 2007 and worked as chef de cuisine for Taste Bistro on Melrose. Chef has been a Kirkwood Community College Culinary Arts faculty member since February of 2010 and is currently completing a B.S. in Business Administration from Upper Iowa University.