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Hotel Events & Afternoon Tea: Culinary Team

  Chris Southwick, Executive Assistant Manager of Culinary and Food & Beverage
  Greg Thompson, Sous Chef
  Corey Thomson, Pastry Chef

Chris Southwick, Executive Assistant Manager of Culinary and Food & Beverage

Chris Southwick
Chris Southwick joins The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas from The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya in China, where for two years he directed culinary operations for the acclaimed resort, its restaurants, Golf Club and Members Beach Club. His illustrious, nearly 20-year career is highlighted by a Ritz-Carlton pedigree with some of the brand’s top hotels in Sanya, Sarasota, Moscow, Huntington (Pasadena, CA), Palm Beach and Cleveland. Southwick has opened luxury hotels and restaurants across the globe, including Jeroboam at The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, which became the highest-ranked restaurant in the city within months of opening.

Throughout his hospitality career, Southwick has had the opportunity to create dining experiences not only for hotel guests and visitors, but also for dignitaries, heads of state and presidents worldwide. The valedictorian of his 1996 class at the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute has also designed and implemented major dinners for the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs™ annual culinary event and for the Aspen Food & Wine Festival. Additionally, he holds certifications in Food and Beverage Management, Safety and Sanitation, and Menu Design.

As Executive Assistant Manager of Culinary and Food & Beverage, Southwick leads all hotel culinary and food & beverage activities at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, including In-Room Dining, Banquets, Hotel Catering, Off-Premise Catering, and Pool and Spa Dining.

When not lending his energy and creativity to the hotel’s culinary operation, Southwick can be found eating his way through Dallas. He truly has devoted his time to continually redefining his palate and discovering new cuisine. He seeks out small farmers and artisan craft people to really understand the heritage of the food that has become Dallas. He also enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife, Ericka, and son, Carter.
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Greg Thompson, Sous Chef

Greg Thompson
Inspired by a man with genuine love and passion for his son and great food alike, Greg Thompson’s father steered him into the kitchen at an early age and he never looked back.

At the young age of 15, Thompson, a Florida native, mirrored his father’s footsteps with a preparatory position in the kitchen at a local Grecian-influenced Italian restaurant which maintained the same location and ownership as when his father first joined the establishment. Through the hands-on learning of fresh pasta creation and proper dough techniques, Thompson quickly developed an immense passion for cooking. His passion was further solidified at home through several early broadcasted cooking programs, such as Great Chefs of the World and World Class Cuisine.

Throughout Thompson’s academic career at Daytona State College, he broadened his scope of experience through positions in guest relations and banquet events at local country clubs. He also spent a year working in Ormond Beach at Hull's Seafood Market & Restaurant – a family-owned restaurant, wholesale and retail market, where he oversaw the proper handling, distribution and preparation of numerous seafood varieties.

In 2005, Thompson graduated with a degree in Culinary Management and initiated his career with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. at the brand’s Orlando, Grande Lakes property. His inaugural role as Cook II of Garde Manger was quickly promoted to Cook I where he spent two-and-a-half years absorbing the necessary skills and techniques required to successfully orchestrate the cold kitchen. He was then offered and accepted a lead position for Vitale – the property’s popular spa café.

In the fall of 2009, Thompson transferred to The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas to begin leading the hotel’s Garde Manger division. He quickly dedicated himself to the overall success of the hotel and was promoted to Sous Chef in late 2010. As Sous Chef, Thompson is fully responsible for overseeing all elements of the hotel’s banquet operation within the property’s 19,000 square-feet of event space.

Thompson holds a passion for the creation of stews, soups and braises, and while he appreciates all fare, the ingredients and techniques of authentic Asian cuisine truly pique his interest.

During downtime, Thompson enjoys reading, attending concerts, and spending time with his siblings, along with nine nieces and nephews.
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Corey Thomson, Pastry Chef

Corey Thomson
Pastry Chef Corey Thomson grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin as part of a large, food-loving family who was “already planning dinner when having lunch.” By the age of 14, he knew that he loved the art of cooking, and he began creating his own savory dishes at a family-owned pizza kitchen. While he had initially yearned to become a bio-chemist, Thompson also learned the fundamentals of pastry while still a teenager, and he quickly discovered the balance of science and chemistry required within the pasty field. This realization led him to a career path which combined both of his passions.

Starting out in the pastry world, Thomson first spent a year working to familiarize himself with the discipline at Mangia Trattoria under the renowned Tony Montuano, who famously serves as chef/partner for his sister-restaurant Spiaggia, the only four-star Italian restaurant in Chicago. Thomson’s artistic and expressive side quickly came into play through the creation of layered mousse cake, tiramisu and other exotic desserts.

In 2006, Thompson made a move to Texas to train at Le Cordon Bleu of Culinary Arts in Austin (formerly Texas Culinary Academy), where he continued to master his craft and focus on the classic French techniques of patisserie. Upon completing his studies, he moved to Dallas, Texas where he spent three years at The Mansion on Turtle Creek, serving as Assistant Pastry Chef. Over this period, he worked with several notable chefs including David Collier, Bruno Davaillon and John Tesar.

Since early 2011, Thomson has been part of the team at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, creating newsworthy wedding cakes and personal favorites such as seasonally-flavored macaroons in pear, salted caramel and passion fruit. The self-described perfectionist and precisionist also enjoys working with the dynamics of chocolate and sugar, producing unique and abstract showpieces for display at The Ritz-Carlton Club® Lounge.

Thomson has also continued to differentiate himself not only through recognition by major media, including Dallas Brides, but also at high-profile events for Vogue, Cole Haan, Fashion at the Park and more. Additionally, numerous guests of The Ritz-Carlton credit the positive chef for turning their stories into sweetly edible memories.

When he isn’t crafting in the kitchen, Corey Thomson can be found trying new Dallas restaurants – preferably Chinese or Italian, or swimming his regular weekly distance of three miles and running five miles.
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