French Manor Inn and Spa
Chef Jeff was born and raised in Northeastern PA where he discovered his passion for cooking at the age of 15. While attending the West Side Vo-Tech Culinary program, Jeff began his foray into the world of restaurants. He started working at Huntsville Country Club in Lehman Township as a prep cook. This made him realize that his passion for cooking would become a career.
Jeff attended Pennsylvania Institute of the Culinary Arts (Le Cordon Bleu program) in Pittsburgh for two years, earning an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts. He then returned to Huntsville Country Club to finish his externship under the watchful eye of Chef John Hudock.
Following his externship, he accepted a Line Chef position with The Woodlands Inn & Resort, Thyme Restaurant, in 2003. Through his skill, tenacity, and creative drive, Jeff worked his way through the rankings over the course of three years to become the Executive Line Chef. This opened the door for Jeff to be offered a Line Chef position with Connor’s Grillroom, a fine dining establishment in Dallas, PA, where he worked under the talented Chef Don Markle. As Jeff further developed his culinary skills and was given time to experiment with flavors and textures, he became more recognized within the restaurant and the area. After two years, Jeff was presented with the opportunity to become Executive Chef of Connor’s Grillroom, proceeding Chef Markle’s departure.
As Jeff continued to grow and take on new challenges that were presented to him, Jeff married his high-school sweetheart, Valerie and accepted the position of executive chef at the French Manor Inn and Spa in 2010. We are thrilled to have Jeff as part of the French Manor family while at the same time he and his wife welcome their first born, Jeffery Jr.