Paul Swanson, and Sean Girard own and operate Swanson-Girard-Culinary Solutions from their headquarters in Pineville, NC and serve both North and South Carolina.  Founded in 1999, they have built their business and the corporations they represent from single digits, and a fax machine, to over 20 major represented lines, and an impressive sales volume and team.


Across the US, there are around 200 of these types of organizations, however, Swanson-Girard Culinary Solutions has always understood the need for innovation in the marketplace and continues to reinvest in how to best help their customers achieve optimal outcomes.


Recently, Swanson-Girard brought on board Chef Chris Aquilino, as their Director of Culinary.  Chef Chris brings 30 plus years of industry experience including R&D, concept creation, culinary sustainability, food styling and photography. The team has been working to bring you a new experience called, The LAB @ Swanson-Girard, a test kitchen and culinary studio featuring state-of-the-art commercial foodservice equipment, supporting custom culinary solutions, research & development, training, conferences, and industry meetings. The kitchen is perfectly situated close to the CLT airport, uptown Charlotte, and just minutes from South Carolina. This 3,000 square foot theatre-style kitchen presentation space also has separate back-of house prep space as well as a conference room that can double as a photo studio.

Meet our network of culinary experts and chefs...

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Chris Aquilino 


Director of Culinary 

The LAB Test Kitchen & Culinary Studio 

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Jaime Bostain 


Vice President

 ACF Chefs of Charlotte 

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Mark Allison


Corporate Executive Chef- Forever Oceans 


Drew Ward 


Corporate Chef 

Artisan Brewing Ventures 

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Jason "Jay Z" Zebrowski


Corporate R&D  Chef 

Compass Group



"Thank you for allowing my team to utilize The Lab for our recent training.  Your hospitality and ability to accommodate our needs was second to none.  From planning our event, to arrival the day of the event and support during our event, you provided open communication that allowed my team to have a productive day of hands-on product training.  Additionally, the amphitheater set up and technical capabilities at your facility were key factors for delivering the content we needed to cover. 

We will be in contact for our next hands on training to work with you and your team at Swanson-Girard  at The Lab.  Thank you again for your partnership in supporting my team for success in 2021 and beyond."


Lisa S. York

Zone Sales Manager

Schwan’s Foodservice

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