Meet the KneedaChef Team
Chef Eric Braun, MS
Chef Eric Braun has pursued a lifelong passion for food and obtained his Master’s Degree in food service management from Purdue University. He developed his culinary skills by working with four classically trained executive chefs, as well as three classically trained French Maître D's. He has worked in the capacity of executive chef and owned a restaurant in the 1980's, located in Indianapolis, as well as a national business that specialized in gourmet meals in exclusive hotels, country clubs, casinos and resorts. Chef Eric has had the privilege of serving meals to sports legends such as Mickey Mantle, Franco Harris, and Hoosier basketball legends Brad Miller and Brian Cardinal; entertainers such as Jose Feliciano, Tim Conway, Pat Harrington; politicians including Congressman J.C. Watts, Congressman Lee Hamilton and Senator Orin Hatch. He has also had the pleasure of serving a CEO of a major international corporation, Donald Brown of the Indianapolis Colts, and General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff under President Bush. Since 2004, Chef Eric has been providing his private clients with gourmet, seven course meals prepared in their homes and served to their guests. Chef Eric has also been associated with the Hilton, Purdue University, Kansas State University, Huntington University and Wright-Patterson Air Force base. Chef Eric has taught catering classes at Kansas State University. He also has raised nearly $150,000 for charity by donating a gourmet, seven course dinner for four to silent auctions sponsored by The Kidney Foundation, The Arthritis Foundation, Make a Wish organization, the Catholic church,the Fort Wayne Children’s Foundation and others. In August of 2012, Chef Eric won third place in an international recipe contest for professional chefs. Chef Eric also has his own cooking show on Public TV called "Chef Eric's Cookin'".
Jennifer Braun, Hostess and Server
Jennifer Braun, Chef Eric’s loyal wife for 33 years, has been helping Chef Eric serve, prepare and entertain his guests and clients for many years. She will ensure your guests feel warm and comfortable as they enjoy their meal in your home. For the lady of the house, remember that Jennifer will clean all of your dishes, pots and pans and clean your kitchen, including mopping the floor. You won’t even know that you had a dinner party once Jennifer is done with your kitchen. No need to stay up late doing dishes and putting food away. Finally, a party you can enjoy! Our clients really appreciate Jennifer’s service, clean-up and attention to detail.
George Woollacott, Wine Consultant
George Woollacott has cultivated his palette for wine, one of the finer things in life, since his college days. A student of fine wines, George has taught classes and conducted private tastings, while teaching wine enthusiasts how to pair the perfect wine with delicious food. He is currently employed as a knowledgeable and enthusiastic wine consultant at one of Fort Wayne’s largest beverage chains.