Before joining the staff at Ace Endico, Jerry Daniele worked as personal chef in California. During his 8 years here, Jerry has greatly expanded Ace Endico’s private label line of desserts: Simply Delicious. He works with local bakeries to develop recipes and assure a high quality of products that meets Ace’s standards. As a Senior Specialist, Jerry is always scouting for new products and customizing desserts based on customer demands. He is dedicated to giving these products the exposure they deserve by bringing samples on visits to customers.
Specialties: Finished and Semi-Finished Desserts, Baking Ingredients, Hors D’oeuvres
Chef Christopher Devine attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York. He has over 40 years of experience in culinary management with private clubs and corporate environments. Prior to his life at Ace Endico, Chef Chris spent 15 years in the position of Executive Chef and General Manager at Trump Tower and managed all events and catering services along with the transition into The White House. Christopher also opened and operated six restaurant divisions for the Trump Organization. With a repertoire including menu planning and business development, Chef Chris provides culinary knowledge and consultation services for our customers. Christopher Devine was recently elected as President of the American Culinary Federation of Westchester and Lower Connecticut.
Specialties: High-End American Cuisine, Menu Planning & Consultation
Prior to joining Ace Endico, Christian Nahas spent 10 years with Scandia Seafood. There he worked to sell seafood, and helped to launch their prepared seafood division, Nautical Foods. In March 2016, Christian joined the Ace team as the Director of Seafood Operations. Since his arrival, Ace Endico has become a full-service seafood house, offering a daily selection of fresh cut seafood. Over the last several years, Christian has developed an exceptional production team that is the heartbeat of our Seafood program.
Specialties: Frozen and Fresh Cut Seafood
Prior to joining the Ace Endico team, Robert Mazza worked for 20 years in the soft drink sector for Pepsi and Nestle, and an additional 20 years in the specialty water sector for Evian, Saratoga Water, and SPA Water of Belgium. Robert joined Ace Endico in 2019 as the brand manager for San Benedetto waters, an imported Italian mineral water line. Using his education in Accounting and Marketing as well as experience with large sales campaigns and brand development, Robert now manages sales and distribution of beverages at Ace Endico.
Specialties: Imported and Domestic Specialty Waters, Coffee & Espresso, Imported Soft Drinks
Born in Bari, Italy, Mariano Caputo moved to the US in 2000, where he grew up working in his family’s Italian restaurants. He eventually opened a few pizzerias of his own, starting in Florida and then moving to New Jersey where he became a customer of Ace Endico. When Mariano was ready to sell his final restaurant, he joined the Ace family, bringing his experience with him. Mariano uses his knowledge of the Italian palate to assist with the import of Italian specialty products, educate the sales team, research potential new items, and maintain a relationship with overseas vendors.
Specialties: Italian imports and Italian specialty products
Chef Matthew Fortuna attended Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, where he gained an in-depth knowledge of all disciplines of the pastry arts. He went on to obtain experience with a variety of corporate catering clients such as LinkedIn and General Electric, as well as working his way up in the field and honing his knowledge of ingredients and techniques at Maison Kayser. In March 2022 Matthew joined the Ace Endico Team as Pastry Specialist; as such he is the go-to resource for all pastry related products and inquiries.
Specialties: Plated Desserts, Viennoiseries, Pastry Ingredients