A few months ago, I told you about my search for a great chef for Alison two. I really need a chef who is not only a talented cook with good management skills, but also someone who has opened a restaurant before.
I probably looked over dozens of resumes. Then, I got Bill’s resume and it was like a dream come true. I know that sounds kinda corny, but it is true. Not only does he have extensive experience opening restaurants, but he has also handled culinary operations for premier restaurants throughout the country. When I met him in person and tasted his food, I knew I had found a chef with the right combination of experience and talent.
Bill Lewis has the ingredients of a great chef! He has extensive experience in restaurants throughout the United States — Scottsdale, San Francisco, Denver, Portland, Oregon and Baltimore as well as Eastern Pennsylvania – including many 4 and 5 Diamond Resorts. His resume looked good, his food tasted great and when I got to know him – I was convinced. I think we’ll have a lot of fun working together.
Bill has had a hand in the building process, including overseeing construction, hiring and training staff, choosing china and kitchen equipment and more.
We’ve started collaborating on menus, which will feature international fare that we’ve experienced on our individual jaunts around the globe. Every dish will present a complete experience from the country of its origin. The menus – dinner, lunch, bar, dessert – will change daily. When Alison two opens, he’ll handle day-to-day culinary operations.
We’re getting close now and hope to open Alison two while you can still wear your white shoes. In the meantime, you might catch Bill at Alison at Blue Bell. Anthony, Bill and I have been spending a lot of time together and Bill fills in when Anthony takes a night off.