Creative Chef: 25 years of cooking experience from private parties, hotels, catering, cooking schools and restaurants.
Instructor and Teacher: 16 years of entertainment dining and culinary instruction.
Effective manager and staff development: Known for seeking young talent with a focus on nurturing each individuals’ skills and creativity.
Diversified in all aspects of the restaurant operations: All the way from working in the kitchen to building the restaurant.
Nationally recognized: Featured in many national publications, Product demonstrations, Key note speaker, Brand spokesperson, Concept consultant, Product development.
OWNER/CHEF, G.H. SMITH & CO CATERING/PRIVATE CHEF…….1994 -PRESENT
Create events, design concepts and themes, customize menus, provide staffing and culinary needs for events from 2 to 150 people; Provide private cooking classes and on-air food presentations as a television personality.
OWNER/GENERAL CONTRACTOR, GREAT SPACE DESIGN & BUILD….2010- PRESENT
General contractor for restaurant specific projects; Responsible for all aspect of the construction, acquiring all permits, hiring and managing sub-contractors, managing staff, creating timelines, working with the health department and the local building department following and understanding building codes. Emphasis on interior design, image and “flow”.
RESTAURANT GENERAL MANAGER, D-19 ASPEN COLORADO……. SUMMER 2009
Front of house management, wine list creation and purchasing, created employee handbooks and standards, generated feel and “vibe” of restaurant and bar.
COOKING SCHOOL OF ASPEN, CHEF IN RESIDENCE………………………1998-2008
Provided an entertaining and informative learning, dining experience; Creator of “Friday night Improv”- combining cooking with stand-up comedy. Designed menus and resourcing ingredients; hosted and assisted all guest celebrity chefs; scheduled and developed class themes as well as retail sales and inventory, always while following and featuring current food trends.