I was recently named Executive Chef and joins The Produce Station Gourmet Market by way of Toasted Oak Market and Grill in Novi, Michigan and Five Lakes Grill in Milford, Mi. I have also cooked at the famed James Beard House in New York City.
Michigan born and bred, I infuse my love of my beautiful, bountiful home state into every dish I create. My passion is Michigan ingredients; seasonal produce from nearby farms, trout from Lake Huron, mushrooms upstate, and herbs and vegetables from local farms. I am known for my award-winning porchetta and signature house-made charcuterie. I deliver diners an authentic taste of the Great Lakes region.
I am a Michigan boy with deep roots here, and I want to do my part in keeping our farms and the local way of life alive and thriving. I have dedicated a great deal of my career to establishing relationships with small farmers and purveyors who have just as much pride in their farms as I do in producing memorable dining experiences.
Most recently, I was The Executive Chef of Toasted Oak, a “great lakes cuisine” fine dining restaurant in Novi, Michigan – which offers house-made charcuterie, artisan cheeses, unique condiments, local 2 Michigan specialties, and other fresh comfort foods. Under my leadership, Toasted Oak has achieved local accolades, including an Hour magazine “Top Ten Best New Restaurant” recognition and coveted “Best Restaurant for General Excellence,” as well as 944 magazine’s “Favorite New Restaurant.” Additionally, Chef Grostick and Toasted Oak were selected to be featured as the first restaurant in the pilot episode of “Great Lakes ~ Great Tastes” – a video series showcasing a culinary journey though Michigan.
I regularly step out from behind the stove to work directly with community organizations and events. I live in Highland, MI, with my wife, Stephanie, and our 2-year-old, Ashton. In my spare time, I regularly travels with my family throughout the state, especially to northern Michigan to show my son life on the farm.