Chef William Prahl began his culinary career in the Rogue Valley at the age of 16 washing dishes at the Sandpiper Restaurant , and quickly assumed the responsibility of running the kitchen. He then moved to South Florida and worked with Master Chef Norman Van Aken. During this time he had the opportunity to work with culinary legends Emeril Lagasse and Charlie Trotter on special events. He worked hard, paid attention and read volumes, apprenticing his craft the way they still do in Europe.
Upon returning home to the Rogue Valley in 1994 he landed the Chef position at the McCully House Inn, and quickly became an award winning chef in Southern Oregon also. He participated and won all 3 of the top awardsat the Vintage Food & Wine Festival.
In 1996 Adventures in Dining awarded the McCully House Restaurant and Chef Prahl with the “Best Restaurant Award”, the first restaurant in Southern Oregon to receive this award. Chef Prahl was the only Oregon chef invited to cook at The Masters of Food and Wine dinner for Baron Eric de Rothschild at the Highlands Inn Carmel California.
After 4 years at the McCully House Chef Prahl left the Inn and purchased then struggling Gogi’s Restaurant in Jacksonville, which with his wife, turned around and successfully operated for 9 years. In a very short amount of time the word got out that Chef Prahl was operating his own restaurant and the place became an almost overnight success. Thanks to their reputation, creativity and great success Gogi’s is still in operation today however it is now under new ownership.
Wanting to once again reinvent himself, they sold Gogi’s in 2007 and both Chef Prahl and his wife learned the craft of making authentic Italian gelato and sorbetto and currently own and operate Mamma Mia Gelato. They provide premium gelato to many of the local restaurants in the valley, as well as participating in numerous events throughout the region. You can purchase their gelato and sorbet at the Tuesday Ashland Growers Market and Saturday Medford Growers Market at Lithia Commons downtown Medford In the spring of 2015 they will also be joining the Thursday Medford Market at the Armory and the Saturday Grants Pass market. Most recently they have expanded operations to events in the Palm Springs area
In 2011 coming full circle Chef Prahl returned to the McCully House Inn, this time as the owner of the restaurant, so came the name Déjà Vu Bistro & Wine Bar. The restaurant which is located at the Inn had gone through a series of changes, and chef”s ,not necessarily for the better and once again the couple began the task of turning things around With his skill and creativity Chef Prahl once again offers his award winning cuisine mixed with local ingredients, blended with various cultures..
In addition to owning and operating his own restaurant Chef Prahl does consulting and menu development.
Chef Prahl is a participating chef at the BNP Paribas tennis tournament held in Indian Wells California, where with the expansion of a second stadium in 2014 over 450,00 people attend this annual event.
Chef Prahl also contributes his time and services to a number of charities and events.
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Mamma Mia Gelateria
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