• Jaime Montes de Oca Jr.
    Executive Chef
  • Michael Ware
    Roof Terrace Restaurant Director
  • Sally Silverman
    Chef De Cuisine
  • Riley Dwonzyk
    Senior Sous Chef
  • Gerald Richardson
    Restaurant Supervisor
Jaime Montes de Oca Jr.
Executive Chef

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.



Michael Ware
Roof Terrace Restaurant Director
Born and raised in Washington DC, Michael Ware graduated from University of Maryland – College Park. He started his hospitality career early in his teenage years. Working in the Food & Beverage industry for different hotel brands and lifestyle brands alike. Michael has worked every department in Food & Beverage eventually working his way up to his first General Manager job at 23 years of age at the upscale modern lifestyle brand “STK” in Washington DC.
In 2012 He started his apprenticeship to become a sommelier. After obtaining his Level 2 Certification in 2016, He since has been involved in creating wine list for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and other IHG brands. 
 Throughout his tenure he has had the opportunities to work with some great culinary minds such as Art Smith, Kawame Onwuachi , and Jennifer Nguyen.
Sally Silverman
Chef De Cuisine

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
Senior Sous Chef

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. 


Gerald Richardson
Restaurant Supervisor
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