Prior to joining The Townsend Hotel team, Chef Sayes most recently served as executive chef at the prestigious Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga. Prior to that, he worked for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company at various property locations throughout the U.S., including Dearborn, Mich., Marina del Rey, Calif., New Orleans, La. and Buckhead, Ga.
In addition to his daily preparations at The Townsend Hotel, interested foodies will experience Chef Sayes’ culinary mastery on display at the upcoming, sold-out James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour, which makes its stop in Michigan on Jan. 27, 2013 at the Bloomfield Hills Open Hunt Club. The dinner also will feature The Townsend Hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef Taylor Brockenshire, among other celebrity guest chefs.
“I’ve always taken pride in serving my guests only the finest quality products from my kitchen,” said Sayes. “I’m an avid supporter of local farms and supporting sustainable practices, while focusing on regional cuisine rooted in French technique with approachable, unpretentious flavors.”
A native of the metro Detroit area, Chef Sayes received his formal training at the Culinary Studies Institute located at Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills, Mich., and further honed his skills through cooking competitions and time working for some of the area’s top chefs. In August 2012, Chef Sayes became a Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation.