Chef Gerry Kent
Chef Gerry Kent brings over sixteen years of restaurant experience-many of them at the most prestigious restaurants in Orange County (CA)-to the innovative food and successful events he executes from The Forge, the event and catering company he established in the Temecula Valley (Riverside County), the heart California's avocado industry.
As Sous Chef to Orange County's 2002 Chef of the Year, Franco Barone of Antonello Ristorante, Gerry participated in the Great Chef's of Orange County. Antonello Ristorante has earned many coveted awards including the Golden Scepter Award from the Southern California Restaurant Writers, the AAA Four Diamond Award, and Zagat Guide praise as "Orange County's best ItalianÉworth the drive from L.A."
In addition cooking at the famous Wind and Sea Restaurant in Dana Point, Gerry served as Sous Chef at the Sorrento Grille and Martini Bar in Laguna Beach, named one of the Top 40 Restaurants in the Los Angeles Area by the Los Angeles Times.
Upon arriving in Riverside County, Gerry was Executive Chef for Pizzaioli in Chino Hills which was awarded the Italian Gold by the Southern California Writers Association and the Wine Spectator's 1999 - 2002 Award of Excellence.
Gerry enhanced his catering expertise at Farmers Market's Sterling Events Catering where he catered many great events including the Concourse d'Elegance, Bloomingdale's Newport Opening, and Taste of Newport.
Try these delicious recipes made with Fresh California Avocados. You'll be sure to please your guests.