A long time McKinney resident, Chef Jeff started working in restaurants when he was 14 and quickly discovered he thrived in the fast-paced, high-energy environment. After making the rounds in the local restaurant scene, he attended the world renowned Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, training under some of the best Certified Master Chefs in the world.
In the fall of 2001, Chef Jeff moved to California’s fabled Napa Valley to study wine and its vital interaction with various types of cuisine. Jeff trained at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, the CIA’s sister campus, where he fine-tuned his skills in patisserie and artisan bread baking.
Chef Jeff returned home to Texas in the winter of 2002 and opened McKinney’s premier golf facility, the PGA Tour’s TPC Craig Ranch, alongside Dallas' chef restauranteur Brian Lusher. In 2005, Jeff opened Poppy’s Garden Cafe in downtown McKinney earning 4 stars from the Dallas Morning News and was named one of the top five young chefs to watch by D Magazine. After stops at Hibiscus and the historic Zodiac cafe in Neimen Marcus, Jeff joined Kent Rathbun Catering in 2012. Jeff was also entrusted with opening Chef Rathbun's latest offering, Hickory, a modern Texas Roadhouse featuring the best in local burgers, barbecue, and craft cocktails.