Our History

Founded in 1985 by Ray Walsh, Gourmet Kitchen has evolved from a small company preparing appetizers for local chefs, to one of the premier hors d’oeuvre manufacturing firms in the country. Our high standards of product excellence, dedication to personal service, and our continued commitment to being innovative are the guiding principles of Gourmet Kitchen. Our passion to be the industry leader in taste, quality, and customer satisfaction has proven to be the key to our success.

Throughout our thirty years in business, we have not lost touch with the principles that have been the foundation of our success. Here, at Gourmet Kitchen, our primary concern is to satisfy each and every customer. We are cognizant of the many challenges that food service professionals face and we relish the opportunity to ease the burdens commonly experienced in the food service industry. No matter what issues arise, our staff will work tirelessly to ensure that all of our customers get the products they need, when they need them. We are capable of producing any of our products on a moment’s notice and we are prepared to make emergency deliveries twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Regardless of the crisis, Gourmet Kitchen’s staff is always up to the task.

Gourmet Kitchen’s unique position as a manufacturer and distributor affords us flexibility that is unparalleled in the industry. This flexibility allows our world class culinary staff to develop exclusive and innovative products for our customers. Whether a chef requests a specialty product for an event or a client needs an exclusive product line created, we will guarantee our customers get the products they require.

Throughout the years, we have developed many long lasting relationships in the hotel industry. Because of those relationships, we are constantly creating distributorships throughout the country. For example, when the chefs that we serve in our direct distribution network relocate, they ask us to find a distribution channel in their new hotel or club. It is an honor to help our distributors gain new accounts and to continue to service these chefs wherever they land new careers.

At Gourmet Kitchen, ‘service’ is not just a word, it’s a philosophy. Our professional chefs are constantly working with our clients to develop new and unique items, ensuring that we remain on the cutting edge of the appetizer market. No matter what the appetizer requirements may be, we won’t be satisfied until you are.

  • “ No big deal at all …. You guys are ALL awesome and working with you for the last 9 years has been a blast! ”

    Adam W. – Marriott International
  • “ That is all good news! I look forward to hearing from you soon and it is a pleasure doing business through YOU to your company. Have a great day and I will talk to you soon! ”

    Michael K. – Sheraton
  • “ Once again, your outstanding ability to always accept any challenge that we throw your way is outstanding. Ray/Ryan, I was in need of puff pastry dough for 1150 people. I reached out to a number of my suppliers but was out of luck... I was so delighted when Patti called me and told me that you would be able to help us out and send us some, all the way from New Jersey. Your entire team always has a “can do” attitude and always sets the bar exceptionally high to deliver a quality experience to your customers. This enables us to deliver flawless service to our clients. Once again, thank you for all that you do for us. ”

    Angelyn B. – Renaissance
  • “ I wanted to thank you for making this transition from Progressive Gourmet as smooth and great as it has been. We had a number of vendor switches at the same time, and you were far and away the best at taking our account to a new level. ”

    Matthew M. – Westin
  • “ Thanks for your help with everything for this weekend! Everything looks great!!! ”

    Lindsey V. – Marriott Marquis
  • “ I really appreciate the partnership you guys have shown us over the years. You have always gone above and beyond for us, and have definitely made me brand loyal to Gourmet Kitchen Inc. ”

    Brendon C. – JW Marriott
  • “ Thanks for a great partnership and friendship! ”

    Guy R. Marriott International
  • “ You have great products to offer with a great client-vendor relationship. I’m sure we will be getting bigger in 2015. ”

    John H – Marriott International
  • “ We truly appreciate the support of Gourmet Kitchen. A great partnership has been formed as GK has performed extremely well even under the most difficult of situations. ”

    James S. – Marriott Marquis