Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Remembering Chef Gil Gaitan

Chef Gil was a friend of mine, I have known him and his family since about 1993 so about 17 years. The church where his funeral is being held is where I meet him back in the 90's. He helped me get a good job and we talked about food. I will miss him as will the students that he helped. for this post please do not post ANYTHING that does not pertain to this subject or I will not allow it, Thank you.

Students, we are all sadden by the loss of our beloved Chef Gil Gaitan. Chef Gaitan was a tremendous Chef, instructor, father, grandfather, husband and friend to so many people.

We have received a number of inquires as to his funeral service arrangements. Below is information regarding Thursday and the funeral arrangements.

If you choose to attend the funeral Thursday at 11:00 a.m. please work with your instructors. Tests on Thursday will be administered as scheduled by your instructors. You must notify you instructors that you will be missing class for the funeral. You will be marked absent but all possible accommodation will be made to not negatively affect your grade.

Also, if your class Thursday is difficult to reschedule or make arrangements for please consider honoring Chef and his family by attending the visitation Wednesday night.

The family has requested, and Chef Gil would have wanted, students to wear their best uniforms to the service.

Visitation Wednesday, September 22nd5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Thursday, September 23rd 11:00 a.m.

Bethel Christian Fellowship

(651) 645-1534

1466 Portland Ave, St Paul, MN 55104

We have placed some papers at the front desk and in the library for students to write notes to Chef’s family.


This was the obituaries listing in the local newspaper,

Chef Extraordinaire Devoted Follower of Christ Age 57, of Inver Grove Heights, crossed the threshold to eternal life on September 20, 2010. Loving husband of Peg; dear father of Sierra (Matthew) Hegstrom, Gil, Samuel, David and Grace; proud bopa of Max and Gabe; beloved son of Gil Gaitan, II; big brother of Robert, Rosemary and Lorraine (Jose) Martinez; adored by many other extended family members and students at Le Cordon Bleu. Preceded in death by mother, Josephine and brother, Gregory. A celebration of Gil's life will be Thursday, 11:00 A.M. at BETHEL CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, 1466 Portland Avenue, Saint Paul. Visitation Wednesday, 5:00-8:00 P.M. and also one hour prior to the service ALL AT THE CHURCH. "He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love." Song of Songs 2:4 678 South Snelling Avenue 651-698-3878

Instructor Name: Gil Gaitan

LCB School: Minneapolis/St. Paul

School Current Position: Chef Instructor

Date Hired at School: 03/99

Education/Degree(s): Associate of Applied Science Degree in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts

Other Positions Held:

* Chef de Cuisine — Outing Lodge at Pine Point, Minnesota
* Executive Chef — Pronto Ristorante, Minnesota
* Head Chef — Christos, Minnesota
* Chef de Cuisine — The Dock CafĂ©, Minnesota
* Sous Chef — Dakota Bar and Grill, Minnesota

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Russell Norman said...

Rick, my condolences.

Dr. Russ Murray

john said...

Good Bye Chef, it was an honor to have known you, You were a wonderful person and a great teacher, calm and caring about people success and always there for any one that needed you. You will be remembered by all that had the pleasure of knowing you. John Ferguson

Rosemary Gaitan said...

Thank you for your loving rememberances of my big brother, Gil. I knew he was a terrific brother and found out he was a terrific brother to so many; many more than I could ever have imagined.

We miss him very much.

Rosemary Gaitan
Chicago, Illinois