Professional Chef adept at managing and guiding team of kitchen personnel in production of various cuisines and their preparations. Strive to bring value to any restaurant organization that offers a competitive and challenging environment. Sound understanding of the importance of training, coaching and continual improvement.
Heritage Grill provided a la carte lunch service and was used as a banquet facility with a seating capacity of approximately 150. Heritage Grill housed Ralph Brennan Catering Events as well as a bakery commissary providing breads and desserts to sister restaurants.
· Composed seated buffet and reception menus for both restaurant and upscale off-premise catering.
· Develop standard recipes, costing, food preparation techniques and training.
· Plan and execute all in house and off-site events up to 1200 guests.
· Collaborated with sales team to create attractive menu proposals.
· Hire and train restaurant and catering kitchen staff.
· Responsible for restaurant/catering inventory, food and labor costs.
· Oversaw off-site catering operations and ensured standard safety and sanitation practices.
American cuisine emphasizing local seafood, farmed local produce, prime meats, locally raised poultry, house made desserts and cheeses. Private dining and banquet services were offered in addition to a la carte dining.
1994 -Gatehouse Catering Company was formed, specializing in upscale off site catering for social and corporate events.
1996 -Opened Cheeky Monkey Cafe in Newport, RI. Multi-cultural cuisine, creative beverage program in a fun casual setting with a capacity of 120 seats. In 1999 a second Cheeky Monkey opened in the Blue Moon Hotel in Miami Beach, mirroring the Newport location.
· James Beard House, February 1998: Discovery Series featured Chef.
James Beard House, September 2015: Best of Brennan's, Louisiana Gulf Seafood 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina.
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