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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

In addition to serving as president of Carpigiani-USA during an impressive decade of sustained growth Jim Hall’s background in organizational development and...

In addition to serving as president of Carpigiani-USA during an impressive decade of sustained growth Jim Hall’s background in organizational development and finance enables him to provide vast experience in the oversight of and vision for the Advanced Gourmet organization. Jim has been an innovative leader in the frozen dessert industry in the United States for over a decade and has developed a passion for the evolving, exciting and varied frozen dessert industry.

Jim Marmion

With a strong desire to provide superior, high quality support to his clients, Jim Marmion is widely known in the frozen dessert industry for his dedication to ...

With a strong desire to provide superior, high quality support to his clients, Jim Marmion is widely known in the frozen dessert industry for his dedication to excellence. In addition to working closely with many individuals throughout the U.S. as they enter the frozen dessert business, Jim has an industry-wide reputation for his positive support and guidance with frozen dessert chains such as Cold Stone Creamery, Maggie Moos, Whole Foods Market, and others as their successful concepts have unfolded over the years.

Wally Becker

Wally Becker, head of Advanced Gourmet Technical Division, has over 20 years experience in the frozen dessert equipment industry working with Stoelting and Carpigiani...

Wally Becker, head of Advanced Gourmet Technical Division, has over 20 years experience in the frozen dessert equipment industry working with Stoelting and Carpigiani. Wally is responsible for all operational, technical and mechanical support relating to Advanced Gourmet including after sales service, installation, national technical training and support. He has trained and overseen national service agents throughout North America in providing technical support to retail restaurants and frozen dessert establishments.

Dana Allen

Dana Allen serves as the Financial Controller for Advanced Gourmet and oversees the daily flow of business throughout the organization. She has a ...

Dana Allen serves as the Financial Controller for Advanced Gourmet and oversees the daily flow of business throughout the organization. She has a bachelor’s degree in Music from Appalachian State University and an Accounting Degree from Guilford College University. As a previous restaurant owner, Dana is especially prepared to address the various needs of the AG client base.

Dennis Ball

Based in Chicago, Dennis serves as a valued consultant for Advanced Gourmet and is instrumental in the further development of our National Sales organization. Throughout his career, Dennis has held key...

Based in Chicago, Dennis serves as a valued consultant for Advanced Gourmet and is instrumental in the further development of our National Sales organization. Throughout his career, Dennis has held key Sales Executive and Business Development positions for many of the top manufacturers in the Food Service Equipment industry. As a well know executive throughout the USA, Dennis has a strong ability to formulate and foster healthy business relationships to enable the Advanced Gourmet Brands to continually grow and find new avenues for development.

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...

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...

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.

Jennie James

JJennie James is an Interior Designer who began fueling her passion in the “Furniture Capital of the World”, High Point, North Carolina. When she was not designing...

Jennie James is an Interior Designer who began fueling her passion in the “Furniture Capital of the World”, High Point, North Carolina. With a background in restaurant management, Jennie is especially talented in the design and layout for an ergonomic workplace. These experiences drive her to create a balance of form and function throughout a space. This helps to not only meet client aesthetic visual expectations but also a functional environment. Jennie has a degree in Interior Design and continues to expand her knowledge in design psychology, trend predictions, and hand drawn renderings and blueprints.

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...

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.