About Advanced Gourmet
Equipment and Design

Advanced Gourmet Equipment and Design provides the most advanced equipment solutions and services for the professional kitchen and specialized applications throughout the United States. Advanced Gourmet is the importer and distributor for Cattabriga and Ciam within the USA.

This founding team served in executive and managerial positions with well-known manufacturers of equipment designed for the food service industry and the modern kitchen.
Their vast experience creates the foundation for their passion to provide expert guidance, high quality products, and superior, high quality support to all their clients.

Clients throughout the U.S. agree that AG is the most capable and professional source within the professional kitchen industry offering hands on training as well as industry specific knowledge and data required to establish a thorough business plan.
The Advanced Gourmet team of professionals are dedicated to being there every step of the way as clients ideas and dreams unfold.

Throughout their careers, the owners have worked with chains like Whole Foods, Ingles, Hard Rock, Ritz Carlton, Haagen Dazs, Cinnabon and others and have helped open hundreds of ice cream/gelato shops and professional kitchens and restaurants throughout the United States and Canada.

Meet Our Team

Jim Hall

Jim Hall is the founder, co-owner and managing director of Advanced Gourmet Equipment & Design. Prior to establishing Advanced Gourmet in 2005, Jim served as president of Carpigiani-USA, during an impressive decade of sustained growth.

For over twenty-three years, he has served as an innovative and respected leader in the artisan frozen dessert and professional display solutions industry within the USA working with chains like Whole Foods, Albertsons, Hard Rock Café and more. On a daily basis, Jim and his team works with individual clients and organizations to assist in concept development, store design and equipment specification. Throughout the years, Jim has continually developed a genuine passion for the evolving, exciting and varied frozen dessert industry.

Wally Becker

Wally Becker is co-owner and director of service for Advanced Gourmet Equipment & Design. With over 25 years’ experience in the frozen dessert equipment industry working with...

Stoelting, Carpigiani and for the last twelve years, Advanced Gourmet. Wally is responsible for all operational, technical and mechanical support relating to Advanced Gourmet including after sales service, installation, national technical training and support. Wally trains and oversees national service agents throughout North America in providing technical support to retail restaurants and frozen dessert establishments.

Chef Plamen

Growing up in Bulgaria, Chef Plamen is no stranger to the kitchen. Spending much of his youth cooking alongside his mother and grandmother, his passion for food ignited. After moving...

to the States in 2008, Plamen quickly turned his lifelong passion into a dream career. Plamen earned his degree in Culinary Arts and joined the Advanced Gourmet Team. As the Corporate Chef for Advanced Gourmet, Plamen travels the country training and introducing chefs and operators to the Advanced Gourmet line of equipment. In addition to his excellent cooking skills, Chef Plamen has a deep understanding of frozen desserts and offers training for chefs and individuals to promote product recipe development and frozen dessert recipe balancing.

Frank Calvello

Frank J. Calvello is Brand Development Director for the Ciam brand of professional display cabinets and will be responsible for supporting the growth of the...

Ciam brand and Advanced Gourmet. Frank has 30+ years of brand and market development experience. His background in building relationships and support from designers and dealers will help strengthen Ciam’s brand awareness and revenue growth in the U.S. Market. As the exclusive USA Ciam Design Center, Advanced Gourmet is uniquely qualified to help designers, operators and owners design and select the perfect professional display cabinets for their deli, pastry, wines, chocolates, ice cream, gelato and other cabinet requirements.

Ashley Lewis

Ashley Lewis serves as our lead designer. Ashley holds a degree in Architectural Technology and is especially proficient in CAD design. Ashley has a passion for design...

and loves to help people create a space they had once only imagined. Through the use of AutoCAD and Revit, Ashley is able to provide 2-D space plans showing your front and back of the house equipment layout, 3D drawings and photorealistic renderings giving you an idea of what your finished space will look like before construction has even begun.

Ryan Sudnik - Ciam Brand Development Specialist

Ryan Sudnik

Ryan Sudnik is the Brand Development Specialist for the Ciam brand of professional display cases and cabinetry and is responsible for supporting the growth of the...

Ciam brand through Advanced Gourmet. Ryan graduated from Elon University in 2012 and spent 5 years in the sports industry working as a marketing and business strategy specialist before starting at Advanced Gourmet in 2017. As the exclusive USA Ciam Design Center, Advanced Gourmet is uniquely qualified to help designers, operators and owners design and select the perfect professional showcases for their deli, pastry, wines, chocolates, ice cream, gelato and other display and cabinetry requirements.