TITLE: Owner/Executive Chef of Bauhaus Biergarten, Owner of Your Resident Gourmet Cooks!
Where did you grow up? How did you land in Northwest Arkansas?
I spent most of my childhood in a small Mississippi town named Charleston although I went to school mainly in Florida and Oklahoma. I arrived here from Atlanta, but I’ve also lived in Michigan, New York, Germany, France, Virginia, and North Carolina. I am positive that I was a nomad in my previous life.
I initially became aware of Northwest Arkansas when Randall McNamara, the then director of Brightwater Culinary School, approached me about a teaching position. He had been my boss at the Atlanta Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and thought I would be a good fit in NWA; even before I did. Although I declined the offer, a year later I found myself at the 8th Street Market for the BITE NW Arkansas food festival. When I came back a few months after that, for the ROOTS Festival, I met my current business partner Daniel Hintz. He introduced me to Springdale and through several more visits we landed on a restaurant concept; Bauhaus Biergarten, a German-style restaurant—which we’ve built in the Arts District of historical downtown Springdale. And the rest, as they say, is history.