Jeff grew up in New York working in restaurants as a busboy to bartender – you name it. Jeff Started as a manager at Ark Restaurants and then B.R. Guest Restaurants for five years launching several restaurants through out New York City. In 2001 Corner Table was founded. Jeff’s passion for creating a unique and caring culture, and a company that is among the best restaurant groups to work for in the world is felt throughout Corner Table. Jeff’s attention to detail and hands on approach to everything from recipes and hospitality to music and lighting design sets the tone for the entire group.
A hospitality industry native and partner at Corner Table, Michael joined Jeff in 2012 bringing over 20 years of in-depth experience. Previously President of Starr Restaurants, one of the nation’s fasted growing operators with 36 restaurants, as well as COO of B.R. Guest Restaurants and President of national fitness chain Crunch, Michael’s expertise is felt throughout the culture of The Smith. Michael is an industry leader and frequent speaker. He is a board member of The New York City Hospitality Alliance, advisory board member at Culintro, and a special advisor to tech companies Hot Schedules, Avero and Ultimate Software. Michael has in depth restaurant operations knowledge ranging from systems and technology to compliance and finance, he has developed an infrastructure for Corner Table second to none.
Vice President of Operations
A Long Island native and seasoned restaurant industry professional, Adam Burke brings his expertise to The Smith as Vice President of Operations. As a member of the Corner Table Restaurants family since 2002, Adam plays a key role in perpetuating The Smith’s ethos of warm and welcoming service- a part of the industry he believes in wholeheartedly.
Vice President, Corporate Executive Chef
Chef Brian Ellis’ appreciation of all things culinary began when he was a student at Johnson & Wales university where he cultivated his passion for food and hospitality. After receiving his degree in Culinary Arts, Ellis relocated to NYC and worked in kitchens under Waldy Malouf at Beacon Restaurant, as well as Rocco DiSpirito at Union Pacific. Chef Ellis joined Corner Table as a member of the team of Jane Restaurant in 2003 as the Chef de Cuisine. He then went on to become the first Executive Chef of the original Smith Restaurant when it opened in the East Village in 2007. Ellis currently serves as the Executive Chef for Corner Table restaurants where he works consistently to develop seasonal and innovative takes on classic comfort food dishes.
Director of People
Debra Rose comes from a restaurant industry family, and started working in restaurants at age 15. As Director of People at Corner Table, Debra is the culture ambassador for a team of 600. Debra brings a genuine and caring approach to everything she does. Debra has worked in Human Resources in various industries including finance, beauty, and quick service restaurants with a strong focus on multi-unit operations, but hospitality has always been her passion. Debra graduated from the University of Delaware with a Hotel and Restaurant Management Degree, and also holds an HR certification from Cornell University.