- Jaime Montes de Oca Jr.Executive Chef
- Sally SilvermanChef De Cuisine
- RileySenior Sous Chef
- Christopher Robert AlvearRestaurant Manager
- Stephanie R. EdmondsEvents Manager
A native of New York, this 20-year old culinary veteran boasts an impressive and all-encompassing resume that could only be achieved by hard work, determination and an innate ability to continuously innovate.
Upon graduating from New York’s Art Institute, Montes de Oca joined the culinary team at the five-star Waldorf-Astoria, where he was exposed to the fast-paced world of banquet-style catering and the precise culinary
dance of the fine dining experience. For the next decade, Montes de Oca showcased his sophisticated flair at a number of New York’s finest hotels and restaurants, such as the four-star Plaza Hotel, acclaimed restaurateur
Jean-George Vongerichten’s threestar Vong, and Gertude’s along side Chef Laurant Manrique, before landing at the iconic Russian Tea Room as executive sous chef. In 2001, Montes de Oca became the chef of
the 40-seat classical French Provencal restaurant, Bandol Bistro, in New York, where he assisted with menu development and execution. The years that followed proved to be immensely valuable and fruitful. Executive
sous chef roles at New York’s two-star Tocqueville, four-star Gramercy Park Hotel, and the Thompson Hotel’s Shang shed light on what it takes to successfully run a restaurant, while also allowing Montes de Oca the
freedom to further hone his culinary skills. In 2009, Montes de Oca relocated to Washington, D.C. to join the opening team for acclaimed Chef Susur Lee’s new project, Zentan, at The Donovan House. Here, he was
responsible for all aspects of development for the global Asian restaurant, including the creation of new dishes, hiring, and catering operations. After three years, Montes de Oca bid goodbye to Zentan and set his eyes on
a senior executive sous chef role at the luxurious Hay-Adams. The now seasoned chef was responsible for all culinary planning and execution for the hotel’s signature fine dining restaurant, The Lafayette, serving upscale
New American fare; as well as the hotel lounge, Off the Record, and in-room dining. With a hands-on leadership approach and unmistakable attention to detail, Montes de Oca and his team increased revenues by 10%.
A few years later, Montes de Oca was chosen as chef de cuisine at the prestigious Cosmos Club, a private social club for men and women distinguished in science, literature and the arts. Its members include three
Presidents, two Vice Presidents, a dozen Supreme Court justices, and countless Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winners. At The Cosmos Club, he delivered market-driven, seasonallychanging New American style menus with French influences to the property’s three restaurants.
Sally Silverman received her Associate’s Degree in culinary arts, and bachelor’s degree in 2012 hospitality management from State University of New York at Delhi . She has worked at private country clubs and resorts in Michigan, Florida and New Hampshire. After moving to D.C., Sally continued her professional career at The Cosmos Club, and most recently as Executive Sous Chef at The Sunset Room by Wolfgang Puck.
Riley Dwonzyk grew up in Southern Maryland and earned his Culinary Arts degree from the Culinary Institute of America. During his time at the CIA Riley worked for Restaurant Associates at the student commons dining center of campus called the Egg. Riley was then offered a position at the Natural History museum in DC as a manager in training, and then was offered a position of Sous Chef at the US Senate. Riley’s passions include working on cars, motorsports, traveling to new cities.
Originally from southern Texas, Christopher “Chris” Alvear, made a journey in his early 20s to Washington, DC, following his love of arts, cuisine, and a vision of his future. Alvear
made a mark on the Washington arts and culinary scenes, working with talented local chefs,
artists, and designers, as well as with non-profit organizations. Chris subsequently opened Alvear Studio, a destination storefront which became a cornerstone in the community, appearing on both the Food Network and HGTV. Chris followed his passion into the hospitality and culinary industry, and, with Jaime Montes de Oca and Iron Chef Susur Lee, formed a trio that received recognition across the globe. After 6 years, the three decided to go their separate ways, with Chris moving to the Graham Hotel as Food and Beverage Director. In 2017, he moved to the management team at Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar. Post-pandemic, Chris was invited to join the Rooftop Terrace Restaurant (RTR) at the Kennedy Center by Chef Montes de Oca, and is now the Restaurant Manager for RTR. Chris is a gardener, a food and wine aficionado, and also is renowned for his bad jokes.
Born in Decatur, GA, Stephanie moved to Maryland at elementary age and was raised in Prince George’s County. Obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Stephanie has always had a passion for people. She worked as the Social Media and Public Relations Coordinator for the CAAS department at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for a year before making the transition to Events Manager at the Roof Terrace Restaurant. Stephanie has now worked for Restaurant Associates, and specifically at the Roof Terrace Restaurant for about 5 years. Stephanie finds interest in social media trends and analytics, event planning, and discovering new restaurants.