executive chef & urban farmer
Fredric A. Byarm, father of 5: Christina (22), Mary (21), Emmanuel (19), Fredric Jr (16) and Jackson (13).
A Culinary Professional with over 36 years industry experience. Fredric graduated from the Restaurant School at Walnut College, Philadelphia, PA in 1992. Interned and worked for the Four Season Hotel on Logan Square in Philadelphia. He also spent time with Club Med Resorts, and a few 5 star restaurants in the Pacific Northwest and Pebble Beach, CA, before returning back to the Delaware Valley to open his own restaurants: Marina Russo's Manahawkin, NJ,and Fredric's Restaurant Forked River, NJ both water front restaurants. both of some media acclaim: being chosen one of 5 best Jersey shore restaurant by the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2000 and also led to Fredric's ten appearances on TV Food Network. His other two restaurants Twilight Bistro Killington, VT and The Corner's Inn Bridgewater, VT were both "Farm-To-Table concepts. It is while in Vermont that Fredric first learned from artisan farmers and fell in love with the farming work ethic and lifestyle.
Fredric took a break from the food service work in 2010 and became a certified Six Sigma Blackbelt from the University of Arizona; learning how to improve business operations by limiting waste, strengthening processes and systems to bring value to the customer experience. Fredric also acquired his licensees to become a Financial Planner. The food service bug reached Fredric again and he became the Culinary and Nutrition Manager for Banner Health Systems feeding vulnerable populations. While working with Banner Hospitals he started working with the area food bank trying to get nutritious food to those who are food insecure.
Fredric is passionate about addressing food insecurity in Camden, NJ and is working not only at the Neighborhood Center as Urban Farmer and Head Chef but also with a group who seek to operate a commercial farm within Camden city limits; so that the residents do not have to travel so far for fresh fruits and vegetables.