Born in the Republic of Panama and having lived in Alabama since he was 11-years-old, Chef Maurelli’s cooking style is marked by the unique blend of his family’s Latino and Italian heritage as well as the years he has spent living in the South. Chef Leo attended Auburn University, graduating with a degree in hotel and restaurant management in 2003. He has served as the Executive Chef of the famed Amsterdam Café in Auburn, Special Events and Catering Chef and Chef de Cuisine for The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center in Auburn and the executive chef of Central in Montgomery. He pairs his patronage of local farmers, cheesemakers, brewers and artisans with a uniquely personal multicultural take on comfortable Southern food, deeply rooted in the teachings of his family and created with a straightforward style and grace. Chef Leo serves a Board of Directors member of the ARHA 2015-currently, he was Honored as the 2011 Alabama Restaurant Association and Alabama Hospitality Association Chef of the Year, and was voted as one of Best Chefs American South 2014-2016.