Chef Chris Aquilino is an award-winning chef, culinary architect, food stylist and photographer, with 30 plus years of industry experience in numerous facets of independent, multi-site, national brand and corporate and dining. He is a proven- strategic operation and thought leader fostering innovation, and on-trend food service solutions.


Specializing in recipe development, culinary sustainability, food waste management and recovery, branded content creation, food safety, smart menu design, food styling, and photography.


Chef Chris Aquilino is the Director of Culinary for The LAB @ Swanson- Girard; test kitchen, culinary studio and training facility located in Pineville, NC serving the Carolinas and beyond.

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