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Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
1500 Masters Boulevard
ChampionsGate, Florida 33896

MEET OUR CHEFS

Banquet Chef Joseph Berta

Joseph Berta

Trevi's Restaurant Chef

Chef Joseph Berta began his career in the culinary arts at a young age. He developed his passion for cooking at home, cooking for his family and friends. Joseph attended Johnson & Wales University. He obtained both an Associate's and Bachelor's degree in the field of culinary arts and continued his professional training at the five-start Best Western Hotel in Dortmound, Germany and 400-seat Luisenhof Restaurant in Dresden, Germany. 

Returning to the United States, Chef Berta assisted the Harper's Group in the opening of M5 Modern Mediterranean, an upscale open kitchen restaurant in Charlotte, NC. He then decided to advance his career in the hotel sector and began at the Eden Roc Beach Resort in Miami Beach. He was selected to open the new restaurant - The Burlock Coast Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, which set the new standard of hotel restaurants in the Ritz-Carlton brand.

Chef currently oversees Trevi's Restaurant at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. He is excited to be a part of the team, training the next generation of chefs.

Davids Club Chef Kip Thornsbrough

Kip Thornsbrough

David's Club Chef

Chef Kip Thornsbrough grew up on an agricultural farm in central Illinois. His journey began in 2001 when he enrolled in Scottsdale Culinary Le Cordon Blue.

From the mountains of Idaho to Lake Tahoe, he spent years as a sous chef at Caesars Casino Resort Lake Tahoe and transitioned to Food and Beverage Manager for Caesars Mount Bleu Casino Resort and eventually extended his culinary talents to the next level at Elegant Affair Catering.

In 2012, Kip joined Horizon Casino Resort as executive chef. There he brought his exquisite palate and creativity to everything he touched. In 2016 he was selected to be the executive chef for the Overland Restaurant, a farm to table restaurant with a deep local association with producers and farmers.

In an effort to move closer to family, Chef recently joined the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate team. He believes the most flavorful cuisine is made simply from your heart with the best quality products and he considers it part of his job to inspire and educate every culinary enthusiast about the bounty that surrounds them. 

ZEN Chef Masahi Innami

Masashi Innami

ZEN Restaurant Chef

Chef Masashi Innami has studied traditional and non-traditional Japanese cuisine for more than 20 years. Early in his career, he volunteered at a Tsukiji fish market in Japan to learn the different species of fish and how to handle each fish properly. Chef loves working in all areas of the kitchen but his specialty is the art of sushi and Izakaya style of cooking, which is a wide variety of menu items, masterfully prepared and served at a slower pace.

For seven years, he was sous chef at Gaylord Palm's Sora. He was most recently Assistant Head Sushi Chef at Morimoto Asia located in Disney Springs. Chef has also consulted in the opening of three local Sushi restaurants.