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Derek Maxfield from "Ice Brigade" stars in the Food Network reality docu-series.

Even as a young boy growing up in the small town of Ludington, Michigan, Derek Maxfield knew he felt most at home in two very different places: the beach and the kitchen. A creative spirit from the start, he would often test out new recipes in his mother's kitchen. He aspired to become a chef and started to realize that dream when he began working at a local hotel restaurant at the age of 15 after moving to Grand Rapids. His career really began to take off in 1988 when he joined the highly regarded Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and had the good fortune of working under several very talented ice sculptors including master chef Dan Hugelier and chef Mike Green. It was there he met a fellow apprentice, Randy Finch, who would eventually become his future business partner.

Derek received an associate degree in applied science in Culinary Arts from Grand Rapids Community College in 1992. During his schooling, he left Amway and worked as the sous chef at the Kent Country Club through 1996. All the while, Derek continued to hone his skills in ice sculpting and worked with Randy to start selling ice sculptures in the community.

In 1994, Randy and Derek co-founded Ice Sculptures Ltd. Derek continues his education by regularly participating in ice carving seminars and always seeks out new ways to mold, sculpt and even bend ice. In the shop, Derek is known as the workhorse although he is also a self-proclaimed beach bum who usually cleans up in the company's poker game and can often be found spontaneously singing the wrong lyrics to popular songs.

Derek has been dating Susan Walters (who also works at the company) for 12 years and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, just a few miles from the office.


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Hometown: Ludington, MI
Current Residence: Grand Rapids, MI

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