Casa Somerset's Chef Jeffery

Chef Jeffery of Casa Somerset Bed and BreakfastI was born in San Francisco, raised in California, and steeped in a family tradition of farming, agriculture, and good food.  I started cooking while young, which is why I contribute my base knowledge of food to my mom, Christine.

We moved to Atlanta in 1991 and soon I really began cooking.  First, in a Greek/Italian  restaurant then at a golf country club.  I apprenticed for 2 years with a chef who had come from the Peachtree Plaza, who wrote my letter of recommendation to culinary school.

Chef Jeffery of Casa Somerset Bed and BreakfastIn August of 1995, I started culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, SC. I worked for a very reputable catering company while going to school.  I graduated in 1997 Magna cum Laude.  My internship was at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.  I later went to work for the Grove Park Inn Spa & Resort.  I also worked for several privately owned restaurants, including the Highland Grill & Oyster Bar.  I opened this restaurant as the Executive Chef and was voted 2nd Best Restaurant in Western North Carolina in 2003.  In 2009, I moved from the East Coast to Kansas to be near family and later to help with Casa Somerset.