Kelly Donoghue

Industry Solutions Manager at PROS

"Dennis is a master at his craft and a culinary genius. He knows the food service industry well, and has a keen sense of what will and won't work with his customer base. Dennis's passion and creativity shine through everything he does. He thoroughly understands the food industry and ties that knowledge base in with culinary excellence and a strategic mindset. He is not afraid to challenge the status quo and is adept at finding solutions to suit any situation. Cross-functionally he communicates well and with a positive attitude. I have had the opportunity to work with Dennis on a multiple commercial product formulation projects (as well as on a personal level for several private parties). In each case, Dennis showed the passion, creativity and know-how to deliver products within tight time frames and development parameters. Dennis delivered successful products that created market impact and have stood the test of time on-shelf. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Dennis in the past and welcome the opportunity to work with Dennis in the future!"


Nancy Jose-Cecil

DVP- Culinary Innovation at ARYZTA

"Dennis Samalea is exceptionally creative and talented. His passion for food drives him to create new and exciting platforms for foodservice. Dennis Stays on top of the trends that he successfully translates into executable builds. It is a pleasure to work with him."





Wendy Betts

Founder of Gourmet Puree

"On behalf of Gourmet Puree, we would like to express our tremendous gratitude for the invaluable assistance Chef Dennis Samala has provided us concerning the development of our pureed foods. When we initially approached Chef Dennis with our desire to develop and fortified our food, he immediately embraced the challenge. His experience, knowledge, resources, and problem-solving skills were instrumental in formulating a critical path for our business. These were novel ideas, and Chef Dennis was undaunted by the prospect of going in a new, uncharted direction. Chef Dennis' level of proficiency, communication, and accessibility are all top-notch. We are confident that he is a leader in the field and his company represents the best of what the industry has to offer." 


Tom Sadler

Director Product Development at Panera Bread

"I have had the pleasure of working with Dennis over the past 3 years on multiple menu innovations and food strategy initiatives. Dennis brings a high level of creativity, passion & results driven business acumen to every project, a balance that would be a great asset to any executive foodservice team."