MEET THE TEAM

MEET OUR TEAM

Tommy D’Ambrosio

Executive Cheff

Chef Tommy D’Ambrosio is a graduate from the Culinary Institute of America and has over a decade of fine dining experience. He was also crowned Chopped Champion on The Food Network in January of 2019 on the episode Tacos & Tequila! Being born and raised in Arizona, Chef Tommy was happy to come back to his hometown and start, own, and operate one of the fastest growing food truck experiences in Arizona. Chef Tommy has also lead Aioli brand into the winners’ circle of state & national competitions such as Arizona’s Burger Battle, Phoenix Devoured, and Scottsdale Culinary Classic Events. Aioli Gourmet Burgers and Catering started with a food truck and something delicious to deliver; it has now grown into multiple food trucks, fully catered experiences, and a new restaurant located at 32nd Street & Shea in Paradise Valley!

Kyle Hollenbeck

Director of Sales

Kyle is a founding member and Director of Sales for Aioli Gourmet Burgers. Growing up with the other two partners in the Shadow Mountain area was a big reason Kyle wanted to have the first Aioli Burgers location near the school. He will help work with you on any food truck or catering bookings, and you will see him around the restaurant as he works out of there. Kyle wants to always make sure you have the best experience when dining with us and/or having us cater your special event.

Paola Valenza

Administrative Assistant

Paola is the Administrative Assistant for Aioli Gourmet Burgers. Her position encompasses everything from human resources to customer service. She personally makes sure that each client’s expectations have been met with each event. She is a native New Yorker who has recently moved to Arizona to live near her daughter and son-in-law.

Kris-Still Levitan

Sou Chef.

Kris always wanted to work with food, his dad taught me cooking basics as a young kid, and as soon as he could work he started getting into kitchens for Culinary arts experience. He went through SCC's Culinary program after high-school. His latest positions before joining our team was as a Pastry Chef for Palate New Orleans, a fine dining wedding caterer local to NOLA, and M Culinary as an in-home event chef around Phoenix. We are super happy to have Kris on board, his dishes have soul and his passion can be found in all of the dishes that he makes!

Brandon Johnson

Sales & Marketing Manager

Brandon Johnson-Brandon Johnson grew up in the metro Phoenix area and has a deep passion and appreciation for the Valley of the Sun. Before coming to Aioli Burger, he spent much of his career in digital marketing and sales. From content creation, New York trade shows, to creating storyboards.
Branding, graphic art, and collaborating with local businesses has come hand in hand with his education in Media arts and his accomplished marketing and business development background.
Outside of work you can find him hiking every mountain, peak or canyon in this great state.

Gina Geness

Social Media Marketing Manager

Gina Geness recently moved to Gilbert, Arizona from Water Mill, New York. She studied marketing and business at St. Joseph’s College and proceeded to work on a potato farm, which she created into an upcoming successful family fun business. With Gina’s insight to the needs of the community she is excited to be a part of another “mom and pop” business that is Aioli Gourmet Burgers. In her free time, Gina loves to hike, travel and read.

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