In this newly created position, Garaghty will preside and appear in Wüsthof-sponsored television segments, retail events, cooking videos, social media initiatives, trade shows, consumer food festivals and other elements of the brand’s sales and marketing campaigns.
Garaghty will report to Scott Severinson, president/sales and marketing at Wüsthof-Trident.
“We’re pleased to welcome Chef Mike to our team, where his culinary expertise and long-standing preference for Wüsthof knives will significantly bolster our sales and marketing programs,” said Severinson. “Chef Mike’s amiable and accessible personality, combined with his professional cooking background will be instantly appealing to consumers interested in enhancing their experience cooking and entertaining at home.”
Garaghty’s first appearance as Wüsthof’s executive chef debuted, April 15, on Lifetime Television’s “The Balancing Act,” which featured an educational segment on how to select, use, store and sharpen quality kitchen knives. The Wüsthof-sponsored cutlery segment on Lifetime’s morning show will re-air on June 2.
Garaghty has more than 25 years experience in the professional food service industry, including founding and managing his Plymouth, MN-based catering company, A Call to Catering. In operation since 2002, his full-service catering company oversees events ranging in size from 25 to 2,500 guests.
Prior to starting his own company, Garaghty led the kitchens of various establishments, including restaurants, festivals, banquet facilities, dinner theaters and hotels. During his earlier years of training, Garaghty discovered Wüsthof knives and quickly became an avid user and enthusiastic brand “ambassador,” recommending Wüsthof to aspiring chefs and home cooks, according to the company.