Gene J. Cammarota
June 3, 1958 – March 2, 2022
VISITATION: Saturday, March 5th from 2pm to 4pm followed by FUNERAL SERVICE at 4pm, all at West Center Chapel. Memorials will be directed by the family.
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Gene Cammarota, age 63, passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.
He was born June 3,1958, in Queens, New York.
Preceded in death by parents, Anthony and Mary Cammarota. Survived by wife, Julie; son, Lukas Cammarota; daughter, Frannie Walsh (Griffin) of Omaha, NE; brothers, Anthony Cammarota (Linda) of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Michael Cammarota (Gustinia) of New Fairfield, Connecticut; sister, Kathleen Evangelista (Angelo) of Long Island, New York; many nieces and nephews.
Gene’s passion for the culinary arts started at a young age cooking with his family. At the age of 19 he moved from his home in Queens, NY to Las Vegas, Nevada. Gene got a job at the Hilton Las Vegas working under Chef Yves Menez. There he realized he wanted to continue his culinary passion and followed Chef Menz to San Diego, California and worked at the Intercontinental Hotel. It was in San Diego that Gene met the “loves” of his life – The Pacific Ocean and his wife, Julie, and became forever tied to Omaha, Nebraska.
He enrolled into the California Culinary Institute in San Francisco, California to continue his culinary journey. This experience broadened his knowledge and fueled his culinary passions. After completing his studies, he married Julie and they moved to Monterey where Gene took a dream job, opening the Inn at Spanish Bay. From Monterey, they moved to Colorado and lived in Steamboat Springs and the western slope. Finally, the decision was made to move to Omaha, NE to be closer to family and to start their own business. Eventually, opening the Brass Grille in the Old Market when he famously invited everyone to “Come on into My Kitchen” and started his family.
The twins, Luke and Frannie, were born and the family was complete. Gene was passionate about sharing his knowledge of the culinary arts with everyone. He demonstrated this in many ways, but most recently he was a dedicated Professor of Culinary Arts at Iowa Western Community College. Gene had many achievements and was recognized in Nebraska and Iowa and in 2019 was inducted into the Omaha Culinary Hall of Fame. He also had many passions outside of cooking including, but not limited to his friends, horse racing, radio DJ, goat farming, and music of all types.
Gene was actively involved in the community until his last days. His legacy will live on in his children, future grandchildren, and everyone’s lasting memories.