D'Avolio Culinary Institute- Offering Open Enrollment
D'Avolio Culinary Institute-  Offering Open Enrollment

Our Team

D'Avolio Culinary Institute's employees are highly-trained, experienced and dedicated to the success of our students and industry partners. 

Dan Gagliardo


CEO and Owner


Owner of D'Avolio Olive Oils, Vinegars and More and D'Avolio Institute for Culinary Education



Denise Poland


Director of Admissions

Introduction to Baking Instructor


Licensed Private School Agent

Licensed Director

Licensed Private Career School Teacher Certificate



Baking, Student Services, Admissions


Graduated from the French Culinary Institute and Culinary Tech Institute


Over 6 years of experience working in Marketing, Recruitment and Management for a culinary training program.  Previously, worked as the Catering Chef at Hodgeson Russ (Sodexo), baker at Panera Bread and associate at Muscoreil's Fine Desserts


email: dlpoland@verizon.net


David Rennie


President of Instructional Activity

Executive Chef Instructor


Licensed Private School Full Teacher License

Licensed Director - Permit

Certified ServSafe Instructor and Proctor



Fine Dining Food and Culinary Instruction


Graduated from Liason College of Culinary Arts, Ontario, Canada


Skilled culinarian who has created fine dining food at the Buffalo Country Club, Adams Mark Hotel and Buffalo Launch Club.  Over 6 years of experience training students for successful careers in food service.   


email: buffalohealingchef@yahoo.com

Sadie A. McPhillips


Director of Career Services

Basic Work Skills Preparation Instructor


Licensed Private School Agent

Temporary Private Career School Teacher Certificate

Liscensed Director- Permit

NYS Adult Education Certificate



Culinary Employment Services, Resume Writing and Customer Service


Graduated from Canisius College, Buffalo, NY with a BA in Psychology and Sociology


Over 5 years working with at risk youth and adults at Buffalo Adult Education and other local culinary program, to help them achieve credentials to advance their lives.  Previously, I have worked as an Assistant Manager and Customer Service Trainer at Wilson Farms; managed all daily aspects including hiring and firing of staff.  


I am always looking to partner with local food service establishments who are willing to help students hone their culinary skills, though both student internship and employment opportunities.


email: smcphillips@diceinc.org

D'Avolio Culinary Institute

2253 Main Street Buffalo NY 14214

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