Signature Chefs

Madame Saito – Queen of Sushi – Owner of The Headhouse, 122-124 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147

Madame Saito “Queen of Sushi” has been an ambassador of Japanese culture and fusion cuisine in the Philadelphia community for the past 33 years. As owner and chef of Tokio Headhouse located in historic Society Hill, she has pioneered the delicate integration of French and Thai cuisine with traditional Japanese themes. This integration comes naturally from her love for food and travel around the world. Her ability to speak 4 languages allows her better access to flavors than most during her travels. As the proclaimed “Queen of Sushi” in the Philadelphia area, Madame Saito is a perpetual learner of the culinary arts. She was recently recognized as an exemplary international sushi instructor by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia and had the opportunity to apprentice with Tadashi Yamagata of Miyako Sushi in Tokyo and Chairman of the All Nippon Sushi Association; Mr. Tsutomu Shimamiya of Sushizen in Tokyo; Mr. Tashiaki Sekine of Sansui Sushi in Tokyo and Haruyoshi Matsuda of Ozushi in Mie, all of the premiers sushi chefs of Japan today. In addition to her Japanese roots, Madame Saito also has formal education at the Le Cordon Bleu and the Ritz Escoffier in Paris. As an educator, Madame Saito has been an instructor at Temple University Center City Campus for the past 21 years. In addition to Temple University, she has provided sushi demonstrations at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania, and many other public and private events. As recognition for Madame Saito’s dedication towards teaching of sushi and Japanese culture for the past 33 years, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education, presented to her by Mr. Kevin Wood, director of Temple University Center City on April 2, 2009. Madame Saito also received the Chef of the Year Award from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) in 2010 in 3 states (Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey). She was also recognized in The Philadelphia Inquirer in June 2018 as the original inventor of the “Philly” sushi roll. Subaru car company sponsors Madame Saito Philadelphia’s Queen of Sushi to conduct the Sushi Samurai of the Year Competition for the past 15 years at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Philadelphia in Fairmount Park every April. If you need catering with both a professional and personal touch, contact Madame Saito at or via phone at 215-815-8266.

Chef Robert Executive Pastry Chef – Bennett Classic Cake – Pastry Chef of the Year South Jersey American Culinary Federation
At Classic Cake, our specialties are sure to satisfy every sweet tooth, tempt every taste bud, and please every palate. We use exclusive techniques and the finest ingredients for our famous recipes. From our cakes, cookies, pastries and pies to our artisan breads, chocolates, gelato and sorbet, we ensure our specialties to be of the highest in quality and the most satisfying in taste. We wish you a delicious day!

John F. Piper – Executive Chef Partner at Seasons 52, King of Prussia, PA

As Executive Chef Partner at Seasons 52, King of Prussia, PA, John Piper brings innovative ideas and impressive culinary talent to the fresh grill and wine bar. Chef Piper assures guests a unique and innovative dining experience that enables them to celebrate living well.  Classically trained, Piper is an honors graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY where he earned an Associate of Science degree.  He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from William Jewel College, Liberty, MO.  Piper began his career in 2001 in Philadelphia as Chef de Partie at Le Bec Fin, one of America’s most celebrated French restaurants. He next turned his toque from French fine dining to gourmet Italian cuisine in hotels and hotel/casino restaurants in Atlantic City, NJ. As Executive Chef of Cucina Rustica in the Sheraton Atlantic City, Piper earned glowing reviews from consumer and industry media and was a featured Celebrity Chef at the Atlantic City Gourmet Food Show.  Piper then moved across town to Atlantic City’s Harrah’s Casino as Specialty Gourmet Restaurant Chef at its Polistina’s Italian Ristorante. He also managed all nine of the casino’s restaurant outlets – from the Steakhouse to Players Clubs to the Waterfront Buffet. Most recently, Piper was Executive Chef for Legal Sea Foods, opening its Atlanta restaurant.  Piper’s creativity and extensive culinary experience are the perfect match for Seasons 52, a forward thinking concept that is “right for the times.”

Executive Chef at Valley Forge Casino Resort, Jeff Beggs, brings a wealth of experience from years in the industry to his kitchen.  Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Chef Beggs is from a culinary family and got his start in the kitchen at a young age cooking at the Jersey Shore for 6 summers. After a few years working  at the shore Jeff ended up working for Trump Entertainment working as a Garde Manger chef for 7 years until he moved to Roberta’s Italian room as a relief cook where he eventually took a promotion as an assistant restaurant chef.  A year later he was offered a banquet chef job back at Trump Entertainment and worked there until coming to Valley Forge Casino Resort as an executive sous chef in 2015. Chef Jeff was promoted to the Executive Chef of Valley Forge Casino Resort in 2017.
Jeff Beggs is a husband, father of three, ice hockey player and a Chef with an incredible passion for food.  His journey to becoming Executive Chef at Valley Forge Casino Resort has taught him skills as both a cook and a leader that make him admired by all of those he works with.

Tavern Restaurant – Valley Forge Resort – Whether it’s karaoke on Fridays or a spot to watch your favorite teams on the big screen while enjoying great pub fare, Valley Tavern is the area’s favorite gathering spot. Our friendly bartenders will help quench your thirst with a wide selection of craft and draft beers, including acclaimed local brews. Hearty meals and comfort foods like our famous Tavern Burger, Fish & Chips, and Country Fried Chicken are Tavern Favorites. We also have plenty of heart-healthy options like the Summer Salad, Salmon, or Black Bean Burger. Have a sweet tooth? Our desserts are made in house by Pastry Chef Arlene Maldonado. Whether you’re in the mood to hang out with old friends or make new ones, Valley Tavern is the place where good times are always on tap!

Edgemont Caterers – Edgemont Caterers has been a Philadelphia tradition for over 60 years. Located in the beautiful Bridesburg section of the City, we are just minutes from both the Betsy Ross and Tacony-Palmyra Bridges. The Ballroom at Edgemont Caterer’s offers an intimate yet inviting setting for your affair. A cherry wood bar, elaborate dance floor, and generous guest seating are some of the features you’ll notice as soon as you enter the room. Our decor is a spectacular fit for partygoers who are searching for a warm, comfortable, tastefully presented venue.
Wegman’s– Helping you live a healthier, better life through food. Our commitment to you is simple: Every Day You Get our Best. Our customers tell us they choose Wegmans for the helpful people in our stores, help with delicious meals from our chefs, and the freshest ingredients possible. Offering choice, quality and value in every aisle is how we hope to make your shopping experience a genuine pleasure.

California Pizza Kitchen  – California Pizza Kitchen Chef Abimelet “Abi” Morales, CPKs 2017 Pizza Chef of the Year. Abi, who started at California Pizza Kitchen more than 10 years ago, won CPK’s highly competitive annual company pizza making contest with this inventive creation. Citrus Adobo Pizza featuring slow-cooked pork carnitas tossed in our housemade ancho chili adobo sauce, with sweet white corn, roasted peppers, quesadilla and Monterey Jack cheeses, fresh cilantro and lime, served with a side of spicy chili de arbol salsa. One taste and you’ll see why Abi and his pizza received CPK’s top honor!