Glenn Cybulski Persona Pizzeria
Glenn Cybulski Persona Pizzeria

Glenn Cybulski

Founder & CEO

Glenn’s passion for the culinary arts started as a child when he helped his father cook for large groups of friends and family. In 1986, he went to Italy for the first time where he gained culinary refinement over a ten year period. He graduated from the prestigious Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli, the oldest pizza school in the world, where he learned the craft of Neapolitan Pizza and became certified as a Pizzaiolo. Since, he has been recognized with 112 culinary awards nationally and internationally – including “World Pizza Champion” at the Citta Di Napoli world pizza competition in Naples, Italy – and is widely regarded as one of the Top 10 Pizzaiolos in the US. He has been in the restaurant business for over 25 years and has owned eleven restaurants in Northern California. Glenn has also consulted on over 50 other restaurant concepts. Here are some of Chef Glenn’s additional culinary accolades:

      • Voted World Pizza Champion Member of the Year 2009
      • Seminar speaker and columnist for Pizza Today Magazine
      • Instructor at Pizza Today Magazine’s “School of Pizzeria Management”
      • Live Culinary demonstrations and emcee at the World Pizza Games for Pizza Today and Pizza Expo
      • Consultant to Terry Collins of Papa Murphy’s Take N Bake pizza; Chef Glenn developed the Thin Crust DeLight pizza crust for Papa Murphy’s in 2006
      • Appeared on the Food Network’s “Glutton for Punishment” produced in Naples, Italy
      • Chef demonstrations at Sonoma-Marin Fair 2008, 2009, and 2010
      • Founding member of the non-profit “Chefs Feeding Kids”
      • Teaching healthy cooking classes to children at the Boys N Girls Club of America

Joe Baumel Persona Pizzeria

Joseph Baumel

Founder & Director of Quality Control

BA, Brandeis University– 2002
AOS, Culinary Institute of America–2011

Joseph graduated from Brandeis University and began his professional career by working in real estate as a developer, agent and home finance expert, during which time he learned the intricacies of business and finance. In 2008, Joseph moved to Los Angeles to pursue his lifelong dream of working in the restaurant business. There he worked for several delicatessens with the intent of gleaning information and valuable experience about opening and running his own business. With his sights set on a formal culinary education, Joseph attended the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone in Napa, California where he spent over two years. Following the CIA Joseph secured a 6-month externship at the Michelin Guide recommended El Dorado Kitchen in Sonoma, California.

Upon graduation, Joseph returned to Los Angeles to build his own restaurant concept where he developed the beginnings of Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria. A chance encounter at the 2012 Pizza Expo led Joseph to Glenn Cybulski, World Pizza Champion and Pizzaiolo. Shortly after meeting, the two worked tirelessly to launch their vision and Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria opened its doors for business in Santa Barbara on February 16, 2013.