Craig has been fortunate to cook many dinners and spend time with the beautiful people at Ocean Reef in Key Largo, Florida. He can tell that the culinary team there is top-notch, and the quality of everything they do is apparent in how well the training of their staff is. Chef Philippe Reynaud has become a great friend over the years, and a few months ago, they conducted an Executive Chef and Sous Chef Search at the Residence Club. Chef Reynaud was delighted to announce Chef Rossi’s appointment as the Sous Chef of the Prestigious Residence Club opening in 2021.
He solidified his passion for the industry when he reached culinary school and receiving guidance from his mentor, Chef, and Owner Ron Supino of Supino’s Restaurants in Danvers, Massachusetts.
Striving for more, he found another passion and creative outlet in the industry – off-premise catering. He started assisting events with Creative Catering by Chef and Owner Larry Halle in Beverly, Massachusetts. However, working at the restaurant and catering took a toll, so he chose the full-time catering route, where he quickly moved up the ladder as Head Chef.
In 2000, he was offered a position at Haverhill Country Club in Haverhill, Massachusetts, where he began as the Head Banquet Chef in charge of the execution and business operations of all on-premise events along with training and leading a talented team.
Craig eventually applied at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, and by November 2010, he was hired as Banquet Sous Chef and has been a driving force in shaping what Ocean Reef Club is known for today. During his tenure, he has been ServSafe-certified twice, nominated for Manager of the Quarter 3 times, and developed user-friendly recipe books for the prep kitchen. He has been responsible for all food purchases for a multimillion-dollar banquet, catering, and conference service division. The best part about his job, he says? The opportunity to be educated and inspired daily by his passionate team.
Until recently, he was the Senior Sous Chef of Ocean Reef, working closely under the leadership of Chef Philippe Reynaud. Today, you can find him as the Sous Chef for the prestigious Residence Club at Ocean Reef opening in 2021 in partnership with Rosendale Collective led by Certified Master Chef Rich Rosendale.