Chef Rocky joined the NINETEEN49 team in the winter of 2012 and has since been creating simple but innovative cuisines that consist of classic, delicious dishes.
His culinary journey began at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Scottsdale where he received his degree. From there, he began an externship (and became Chef de Partie) with Chef Beau MacMillan at Elements, his restaurant at Sanctuary Resort and Spa. Chef Rocky is a Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and National Member of the American Culinary Federation, a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) from the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals and ServSafe certified by the National Restaurant Association.
Awards and recognition have followed Chef Rocky everywhere he has been, a testament to his exceptional culinary skills and abundant talent. He recently won the Restaurant Roundup Battle of the Area Chefs 2015 and received the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council Prime Service Award 2015. He was featured in and wrote for publications FoodService Director and Nutrition and Foodservice EDGE, and frequently speaks with the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) across the nation.
In the summer of 2015, Chef Rocky even competed on an episode of Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen,” proudly representing the NINETEEN49 Catering team.
Chef Rocky’s signature dish is an expression of his point of view as a Chef: an aged ribeye, cooked medium rare, basted with butter, topped with a sprig of rosemary and served with mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. It’s simple, clean and enhanced with Southern charm, a reflection of Chef Rocky’s character.
As a self-proclaimed “typical Southern boy,” Chef Rocky enjoys the outdoors and working out six days a week. He’s actively involved in youth ministry, acting as a mentor to about 50 junior high and high school students every week. He’s happily married to his wife, Nicole, and has four dogs, Rausia (English Bulldog), Scuttle (Queen Beagle), Nala (rescued Belgium Malinoise mix), and Belle (rescued Dachshund mix).