What can I say? I’ve been around the block in this town. From chain restaurants to managing upscale establishments, I’ve done every job there is to do over my past 16 years in the DMV restaurant industry. The past 10 years, the restaurant scene in DC has evolved and expanded tremendously and I decided that I wanted to evolve with it. I wanted to grow and gain insight as to what it takes to become truly great in this business and serve this city with knowledge, passion, and heart. The serving, the managing, even the maintenance aspects came easy to me. The bartending and the curating of beverage lists took a little bit more time for me to break into the game. There was a lot of reading, training, tasting (let’s be serious—drinking), and most importantly, listening that had to be done to really be able to accomplish what I set out to do.
Though my background is overwhelmingly stocked with front of house experience, I’ve dabbled in the back and did attend culinary school to gain perspective as to what goes on in the back on the day-to-day. I didn’t want to have the culinary side be unknown to me if I was going to be a restaurateur. I truly believe that the best managers and leaders should be able to execute every aspect of every job as well as, if not better than, the employees that they are paying to do them. Career-wise, that mentality has been extremely helpful in shuffling me up the ladder very quickly and I’ve been very fortunate to have had the opportunities to do what I love.
I have realized in the past few years that I don’t just want to own my own businesses. I want to use what I know to provide accurate and efficient consulting in all aspects of the restaurant industry to others that have the same passion that I have for this industry. Whether you are looking to own a business or learn the business, my job is to make sure that you get there.
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Bethesda Magazine Restaurant Dream Team
DC Modern Luxury