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Chef Rod Knight

Sous Chef, Thursday's Fort Lauderdale French Bistro


Chef Rod started his career in 1999 at Chuck’s Steak House in Danbury, Connecticut. In  2002, he joined the Sedexho operated El Dorado Bar and Grill as a kitchen manager/ Banquet Chef. He was later offered the position in 2006 to work at the Geronimo Bar and Grill, a highend Southwestern American fusion concept in historic downtown New Haven.  After a strong history of working in the industry up north he headed for Miami, Florida to further his culinary adventures.
In South Florida, Chef Rod worked at several establishments notably the Ritz Carlton South Beach, all the while creating dishes that had hints of exotic flavors while staying true to his New England roots.
In 2014, Chef Rod turned his sights towards Fort Lauderdale. His first stint was at Shooter’s Waterfront where he was instrumental in building up the American classic brunch buffet . Within the year, he was offered a sous chef position at Thursday’s, the newest French-American restaurant on Las Olas that is known for its landmark status in Montreal, Canada. 

Work experience


Sous Chef

Thursday's Fort Lauderdale French Bistro

Kitchen Management

Produce diversified menus in accordance with the restaurant’s policy and vision
Create new specials when required
Develop the working schedule and organize the work in the kitchen
Train kitchen staff in order to reach standards required by restaurant
Maintain order and discipline in the kitchen during working hours
Create tasting menus for clients interested in contracting the food for different events
Maintain hygiene and food safety standards

Business development

Event Planning
Community Outreach
Digital Marketing
Graphic Design


Chef de Partie

3033 Ocean Group (Shooter's Waterfront)

Instrumental in developing the brunch-buffet
Created dishes that were executed in a high volume atmosphere
Supervised buffet production
Managed and trained line cooks on the buffet
Helped the sous chefs and head chef to develop new buffet dishes and menus
Ensured the team had high standards of food hygiene and followed the rules of health and safety
Monitored portion and waste control to maintain profit margins


Personal Chef

Personal Chef

Worked with clients who had restrictive diets
Meal planning
Catered private parties


Chef Consultant

Crescendo's Bar and Lounge

Developed menus for special events
Prepared unique south beach inspired dishes
Prepared Amuse-Bouche
Worked closely with the mixologist to infuse liquors for speciality cocktails



Geronimo Bar and Grill

Maintain food standards, costs, safety, etc.
Leading and motivating in the back of house, rallying the team during heavy shifts, resolving conflicts and getting the job done.
Dealt with costs, pricing, creating work schedules and more.
Dealt with employee conflict, irate customers and wrong stock orders.
Accurately communicated standards and cooking methods to staff, gave orders and spoke with customers clearly.


Kitchen Manager/Banquet Chef

El Dorado Bar and Grill

Managed kitchen staff during lunch and brunch services
Developed daily specials
Set up and supervised banquet hall and execution of events
Developed diverse menus to suit clients' needs


Commis (Prep Cook)

Chuck's Steak House

Worked on early stages of food preparation
Maintained salad bar experience
Prepared various soups (high volume production)



Associate's Degree Culinary Arts

Henry Abbott Tech/Johnson and Wales Accredited

Culinary Arts, Hospitality, and Food & Beverage Program:  Italian, French, and Asian cuisines, institutional cooking, diet creation, menu planning, ordering, inventory management, costing


Certificate Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations

Western Connecticut State University

Small enterprise operations
Business organization
Strategic Planning/Marketing

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