Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Derek Eidson, Executive Chef

A Des Moines native, Derek Eidson never considered a culinary career until a high-school job in food prep opened his eyes to interests he never knew existed. After graduation, Eidson attended Kirkwood Community College’s Culinary Arts program, honing his skills in some of the finest kitchens in Des Moines. Arriving at Centro as a sous chef, Eidson’s skill and dedication quickly proved to be a key asset for the successful culinary team, leading to his eventual move to Executive Chef.


Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

George Formaro, Chef Partner

George Formaro is the accomplished restaurateur behind some of Des Moines’ most successful eateries – Centro, Django, Malo, South Union Bread Café, Gateway Market & Café and Zombie Burger + Drink Lab. He is also the founder of the first artisan bakery in Iowa, South Union Bakery, opened in 1996.

Raised in an Italian family on the city’s east side, Formaro knew the power of good food in strengthening bonds among family, friends and business associates. His education in the restaurant trade began in several of Des Moines’ well known restaurants as well as Des Moines Area Community College’s well-regarded culinary arts program.


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