2017 Chef Challenge Judge 1

Cynthia Beretta

Founder, Beretta Kitchen/ Co-Founder, Beretta Farms


Cynthia Beretta, founder of Beretta Kitchen and Co-Founder of Beretta Farms, is no stranger to food. A gifted entrepreneur, mother of three, organic cattle rancher and self-proclaimed ‘foodie’, Cynthia has over twenty-five years of experience in the food industry.  Born on the original Earth Day in the 70s, Cynthia jokes she was destined for sustainable and organic greatness.  In 1993, fresh out of school with no farming experience to speak of Cynthia and her husband Michael embarked on an unconventional path and founded Beretta Farms.  Sticking true to her earth child roots, all Beretta animals have been humanely raised without the use of antibiotics or hormones since day one.

Inspired by her mother’s fantastic cooking and being introduced to organic ingredients at a young age, Cynthia quickly realized that cooking was an essential ingredient to making her life a happy one.Raised with the traditional Italian attitude of respect for ingredients and a focus on understanding where your food comes from, she has always loved cooking for friends, family and clients. For Cynthia, the enjoyment of good food with people you love is one of life’s greatest treasures—food unites us while feeding our bodies and nourishing our souls.

In 2011, being someone to never miss an opportunity, Cynthia was asked by a friend to cook for the Tridel roof party, an event with over 250 hungry men.  While this was of course no easy feat, it confirmed her love for being able to share good food with good people, and the Beretta Kitchen was born.

As both businesses continue to grow and thrive, Cynthia never forgets to carve time out of her busy schedule to share a hearty home cooked meal with her family.