Vice President and Corporate Executive Chef Helmut Holzer joined the GFI team in January 2007, bringing the Culinary Masters product line with him. A native of Austria, Helmut holds the title of Kuchen Meister (European Master Chef) and Kontidor Meister (European Master Pastry Chef). He is one of 65 Certified Master Chefs in the United States. In November of 2008, the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS) bestowed the honor of Global Master Chef (WGMC) upon Helmut making him one of only 11 chefs in the U.S. with that credential. Helmut has dedicated the last 40 years to the culinary profession and has won a host of awards and commendations along the way. They include prestigious Culinary Olympics awards and numerous World Cup titles in culinary artistry, ice sculpting, and outstanding pastry presentations.