Chef Chapelle is the driving force behind Brilliant Ice Sculpture and its President. Don has nearly 35 years of experience in culinary arts and has trained with some of the great chefs of Europe and America and executives of multiunit conglomerates. His extensive culinary experience includes the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Fine Arts School at the MFA, Hilton International of Europe and wine paring with national vendors.
To his credit, Don is one of the creators of the high-end, brewery restaurant concept. His distinguished career includes positions as founder, Corporate Chef, and VP of Culinary for the Brew Moon franchise; Corporate Chef for Whole Earth Foods and Café; Executive Chef - Museum of Fine Arts Restaurant and Galleria Café in Boston; as well as numerous posts titles in some of the most prestigious restaurants in Europe, including the Chef du Partie in Vienna and the Noga Hilton's Bistro Restaurant in Geneva, and as a guest chef of the James Beard House. His 21st year designing and sculpting various themed ice carvings on the Boston Common has made him a favorite of Boston's First Night Celebration and endeared him to the hearts of New Englanders and tourists alike.
Don's innovative style, lighter, healthier approach, and varied cooking styles, has advanced his astonishing ice sculpture displays and have made him one of the most sought after celebrity chefs in the country. His media appearances include the TODAY Show, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, USA Today, Die Presse, New York Times, Associated Press releases, Bon Appetit, Boston Metro, Food Arts, Nation's Restaurant News, Restaurant Hospitality, Boston Magazine, His awards include... "Best New Restaurant" from Bon Appetit, "Hot Concept Award" from Nations Restaurant News, "Best New Restaurant" in: Philadelphia Magazine, Hawaii Magazine, and Nations Restaurant News and numerous medals from hot and cold ACF food competitions.
Don is a frequent lecturer and donates his time to develop educational programs that pair art with education for schoolchildren in grades 2-12. A native of New England, he and his two sons live in North Andover where he is a competitive runner with the Merrimack Valley Striders, and an avid Heirloom tomato gardener.